Small and Big

Small and Big


Inspired by Karen's small son's attention to detail, Small and Big celebrates the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child. Small and Big are the best of friends but they have very different personalities. Big is loud and confident and certain that it's the big things in life that matter, while the more reserved Small finds beauty in the details. When Small finds himself hopelessly lost in the city, Small and Big both discover what really matters: each other. A beautiful story about being lost and being found again, Small and Big is a little book with a big heart.

About the Author and Illustrator

Karen Collum is a Ballarat-based children's author with a passion for picture books. She is the author of three previous picture books, including Samuel’s Kisses, which is published in Korea and the United States. Before embarking on her writing career, Karen was a primary-school teacher. She is now a busy write-at-home mum with four children of her own. Karen loves writing about big ideas for little people and draws inspiration from finding the extraordinary hidden among everyday life.

Ben Wood is a freelance illustrator who lives in Sydney. Ben grew up in country Victoria and feels that this has influenced his love of drawing Australian animals and children on exciting adventures.

For many years Ben has illustrated for design companies and publishing firms, creating enjoyable and unique characters, mascots and games. When not drawing in his studio, Ben also visits schools to teach students about illustrating for stories. Pictgure books he has illustrated include Give Me A Home Among the Gumtrees, Big Bad Bushranger, Louie the Pirate Chef, Head Hog, Larrikin Lane, Redcap’s Christmas, Agent Extreme and The Bush Book Club.