Rooting for the Little Guy

Big Appetites: Tiny People in A World of Big Food by Christopher Boffoli. Workman Publishing, 2013. 9780761176411.

The tiny people in the title are little model railroad figures posed doing their jobs or just going about their lives in a landscape filled with (to them) massive food items. Hard hatted construction workers carry pretzel rods, golfers putt papaya seeds, and canoeists paddle in a pool of spilled milk — all of which is delightful.

The problem for me was the “funny” captions on the facing pages. Most just fell flat, but a few really rubbed me the wrong way, like a joke about a “self-harm drama queen” threatening suicide on a mushroom. Oof. Maybe you won’t mind that. Or maybe you’ll need to make up your own funny captions with some kids.

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