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Children's Fiction City & Town Life

Our Big Little Place

by (author) James A. Conan

illustrated by Nicolle Lalonde

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
City & Town Life, Imagination & Play, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home.

Come inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are a few ways that make the boy’s house feel just the right size.

Our Big Little Place is a charming child’s-eye-view tribute to the power of imaginative play and the diversity of the living spaces we call home.

About the authors

James A. Conan is a chef by day and writer by night. Our Big Little Place is his first picture book. He lives in Toronto.

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Nicolle Lalonde is a Toronto-based and Ontario College of Art and Design-trained illustrator. She enjoys exploring the city and meeting the neighborhood cats.

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Editorial Reviews

“I love the joy that the narrator brings to the story with their big imagination and desire for adventure.” 

The Tiny Activist, 05/26/20

“The illustrations are kid-friendly, full of activity, details and fun . . . a wonderful debut book by the author.” 

Storywraps, 07/17/19

“Conan and Lalonde remind us that the only true limit on space is our imagination.” 

CBC News, 08/07/19

“Great storyline.” 

The Write Path, 10/10/19

“A great exploration of what home and community are in the eyes of a small child growing up in a big city. Highly Recommended.”

CM Reviews, 09/27/19

“A gentle family tale that reflects the diversity of a big city . . . This playful story proves that small spaces can feel large with a little imagination.” 

Kirkus Reviews, 06/10/19