Blog Tour: Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen Guest Post + Review



Hi, everyone! Welcome Back!

I am so excited to be a part of the Poor Little Guy blog tour today! I’m pretty big into picture books since I do Story Time for preschool children as well as with my education background. I love finding new picture book to introduce to my students! Poor Little Guy just looks SO CUTE! Don’t you think!? Today, Elanna Allen has stopped by for a very special guest post! Take a look below! As always, be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below letting us know what you think!

26796307With the cheeky twist of Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat and the graphic appeal of Mo Willems, Poor Little Guy will leave kids giggling…and begging for rereads!

What do you do when you’re so tiny that the bigger ocean creatures think you might even taste adorable?

An itsy-bitsy, glasses-wearing fish is minding his own business when a playful (and hungry) octopus snatches him right up. Luckily, this poor little guy is not quite as innocent as he seems…and he has a BIG surprise up his sleeve!

Told with wit, a wink, and a delightfully dark sense of humor, Poor Little Guy celebrates the very smallest…and all of their giant victories. Hand this cute but mighty book to fans of Bob Shea and Dan Krall.


Guest post: What were your top 3-5 favorite books as a child? Did they help inspire you at all?


The origins of POOR LITTLE GUY stem more from books that have influenced me in my adult life.  I love the pacing of the book GOODNIGHT GORILLA.  I love the repetition that leads to a surprise and that everyone, from the smallest child to the oldest adult, finds that book funny.  I also love the simple humor of the book THANK YOU OCTOPUS by Darren Farrell and the gestural simplicity of the illustrations in Suzy Lee’s book WAVE.   One of my favorite books is HOW LITTLE LORI VISITED TIMES SQUARE by Amos Vogel, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.  It sets up a rhythm of a little boy’s attempts to get to Times Square.  Then, in Lori’s crisis moment of desperation, the book introduces a turtle, and the story takes a left hand turn. The turtle speaks so slowly that it can only get one word out per spread.  You have to flip so fast to read a sentence that you nearly have a flip book.  I love the clever pacing and surprise direction this book takes.  As I was re-reading it today, I noticed a bus in a drawing of traffic.  This bus had an ad on the side about pigeons.  Pigeons and buses, hm?  I guess I’m not the only one influenced by this little treasure!


When I was little, though, I gravitated to busy books.  I loved Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight (especially WHERE’S WALLACE).  I loved finding the rich character life in each drawings.  I love finding the places where the written story and the pictures diverge – and the pictures tell more than the words.  I also loved stories that didn’t give the reader everything.  I loved when there was a gap that the reader had to fill in.  Like, why did Max from IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN (Maurice Sendak) cockadoodle-doo naked on top of a bottle of milk?  Who knows!  Makes no real sense, but it puts you in the same dream-like state as the author.  It is like a printout of the uninhibited subconscious.





Elanna Allen graduated from Brown University and studied animation and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed characters and directed animation for Disney Junior, Nick Jr, and PBS. She lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, and is currently learning to play the ukulele.



I read Poor Little Guy at story time, recently, and the kids LOVED it! We’ve recently discovered that we love wordless picture books because we can add our own words and make up our own story as we look at the pictures. The bold visuals in Poor Little Guy further enhanced the kids’ joy as they gasped and ooh’d and aah’d over the story that they created. This one was a big hit! I highly recommend it!

Rating: [rating: 5]