The first volume of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is indeed a tiny book. It's not even as tall as your average mass market, and it's only about 80 pages, but it packs a punch. Mostly pictures with just a sentence or two to punctuate them on each page, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories can be read in just a few minutes, but if you're anything like me, you'll have a smile on your face long after.
It's one of those books that helps its readers feel connected with all the rest of humanity just because they'll recognize some of their own sentiments in these short sentences and pictures. They inspire nostalgia, and give curiosity about the future, make you think about just what emotion they're trying to inspire versus just how they make you feel. I saw myself in words like, "Sometimes I lie awake wondering about the future, when I lie awake wondering about the past," and "His hands were weak and shaking from carrying far too many books from the bookshop. It was the best feeling." Others made me smile and still others had me laughing out loud and others just made me feel like a kid again sprawled on my bed with a book of Shel Silverstein's poetry making me laugh and wonder.
I definitely recommend The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories if you're looking for a quick pick-me-up or a sweet gift for a friend, and I can hardly wait for Volume 2!
(Thanks to Harper Collins It Books for the review copy!)