ARC Review | The Giants and the Smalls, The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt by Nicholas Townsend Smith | Illustrated by J. Tumburus

(Thank you to Reedsy Discovery for offering an ARC in exchange for an honest review. )

Book Details

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Pages: 4,000 words

Publisher: Mandelbrot Productions

Publication date: December 01, 2020

Pre-order on GiantsandSmalls

Book Synopsis

The Giants and the Smalls: The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt is the story of a Small, Ritt, who believes he is capable of more, and even though other Smalls tell him becoming a Giant is impossible, or that Giants are special, Ritt decides to venture out to discover the truth for himself.

Giants and Smalls were massively different in size, but it wasn’t because they couldn’t be like each other. Their world is similar to ours in so many ways, and the most magical thing about it is that every Giant and every Small has a chance to reach their fullest potential no matter their history, regardless of what naysayers might say, and despite any setbacks or limiting beliefs they might have. This book teaches every child (and adult) that they are capable of great things if they will work, think, and act differently.

The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt revolves around two groups of people–Smalls and Giants–and their thought processes and beliefs. Smalls remained small in size, thought, and lifestyle because their beliefs were narrow, whereas Giants were large in all aspects because they thought broadly and progressively. This is a story about how Rimi, a Small, aspires to become a Giant.

Watch the book trailer on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2LVkz0vm8Q

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt revolves around two groups of people–Smalls and Giants–and their thought processes and beliefs. Smalls remained small in size, thought, and lifestyle because their beliefs were narrow, whereas Giants were large in all aspects because they thought broadly and progressively. This is a story about how Rimi, a Small, aspires to become a Giant.

Writing

The writing is direct and clear and the language is simple enough for children to understand. Certain “big” words have been introduced now and then, and it is hoped that readers will expand their vocabulary and understand the meaning of these words by the context in which they have been used.

Layout

The book is divided into sections, corresponding to each stage of the story. Moral lessons are imparted as dialogues between the main characters. The main idea of each section of the story is summarized at the bottom of the page.

Characters

Ritt is a Small who aspires to become a Giant and is willing to put in the work. Rimi is a friendly Giant who introduces Ritt to the world of Giants. Ritt’s character gradually develops through the course of the book, and we get to see the change in his thought processes, step by step.

Illustrations

The full-page illustrations have the power to draw you in and make you pause while you contemplate the lines, colors, and tones. On their own, the pictures have the ability to tell the story. If it had such an effect on me, I can easily imagine how fascinating it would seem to a child.

Mostly, muted colors have been used, and scary or sad scenes have been painted in cooler hues to depict these emotions. Happy and hopeful scenes are brighter.

Message

The book sends a clear and powerful message: you can be whatever you want to be. You only need to believe in yourself and work towards your goal relentlessly.

Final Thoughts

This is a brilliant book to stoke every child’s imagination and broaden their horizons. A list of discussion points at the end of the book is helpful in starting a conversation between children and their parents or teachers.

About the Author

Nicholas Townsend Smith (Nick) is a Performance Coach and founder of Clearpath Training (clearpathtraining.com). He works with individuals, entrepreneurs, and organizations to develop tools, systems, and processes to reach their goals, increase performance, and improve personal and organizational efficiency.

Nick knows that whether you are striving to reach personal or organizational goals, it takes effort in the right things long enough to win. Nick has coached and worked with leaders in organizations, sales professionals, individuals from around the world, and experts in fields ranging from professional arm wrestlers to New York Times best-selling authors. His ability to help individuals see the gaps in their performance and create a clear path to change is powerful and unique.

Nick holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, is a devoted father, and is the author of The Art of Accomplishment (Available on Audible), Sowing Seeds, How I Went From Zero To Number One In Sales in Only five Months, and Green Goo. His other works include No String Selling and The Boy and the Bird.

Nick was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Complex PTSD in 2017. Although this mental challenge has affected Nick for most of his life, he never let it slow him down. He proved that one can be successful regardless of his or her history.

See his newest book The Giants and the Smalls: The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt (giantsandsmalls.com)

About the Illustrator

My name is JuanManuel Tumburús. I was born in Buenos Aires, in 1981. I began my career in animation studios (HookUp, Framing), until I established myself as an illustrator.

I worked on digital painting and backgrounds for two feature films (El Arca,  a family-oriented Spanish-language tale that offers a lyrical, comic, and surprisingly gentle animated take on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark).

I have been a freelance illustrator since 2007, have illustrated more than 1,000 comic pages for the USA (Boom studios, Kickstart), and have participated in countless advertising spots.

Additionally, I was published in Heavy Metal Magazine, Dark Horse Presents, Pictus, Fierro Magazine, OVNI Press, among others. I am currently engaged in teaching, preproduction animation, video games, and comic books.

Find his work on Behance.



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