Can You See Me? #BookReview #picturebook #childrensbook #kidsbook #kidlit @kidscanpress #bookworm #canyouseeme

Synopsis from Kids Can Press:

For kids starting to think about their place in the world, here’s a unique look at point of view. Being small — or big — is not always what we think it is!

We all know which things are big, and which are small, right? Buildings, streets, cities: big. Paper clips, daisies, teaspoons: small. But are they really? Or do things look different, depending on who’s doing the looking? Take an orangutan. To a human, it’s small, like a child. But to a flea, it’s gigantic! And imagine how scary a chicken looks to an ant! In this unconventional and original introduction to the idea of perspective, children learn the importance of recognizing that everyone has their own way of seeing things. And how, though bigness is in the eye of the beholder, all of us are just the right size!

Gökçe İrten’s quirky and innovative picture book provides a fun way for young children to explore the world through the eyes of those who see it quite differently than they do. It could be used to spark discussions on feeling small, or big, in the world, and on both empathy for others and self-acceptance. Mixing drawings, photographs and collage, İrten’s distinctive art brings a lighthearted touch to the pages. Comparative facts about the smallest animals — if you could jump as high as a flea, you could reach the top of the Eiffel Tower! — encourage respect for the countless tiny creatures in the world, many of whom have characteristics far more impressive than ours.

About: Can You See Me: A Book about Feeling Small is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Gokce Irten. It was published on 9/7/2021 by Kids Can Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, hardcover, 46 pages. The genres are children’s fiction, picture book, and size/shapes. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to Kids Can Press’ website, it is “the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world.” The Toronto-based publisher has variety of books for all readers, from picture books to non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and more. Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Can You See Me? for my toddler’s nap time on 1/24/2022 and we finished it that same day. We have since looked through the illustrations a few more times. There are many opportunities for my toddler to learn from reading this book. Naming the objects and animals is one thing, learning big vs small is another. I loved the concepts of animals’ strength vs humans. The ant carrying a big piece of leaf is my favorite since I saw it on a nature’s episode via PBS long ago. It’s nice to see it mentioned in books now. Comparing the speed of growth between readers’ foot and a caterpillar was cool. The illustrations for the big foot was awesome! The illustrations has humor in it too that got me smiling because the author was showing how readers’ foot continued to grow bigger that it may reach the size of an elephant and eventually it will be too big to fit in a school bus. The lady bug floating in water was a fun one. Who would have thought that a close-up picture was actually a little puddle from an elephant’s footprint. Definitely amazing to get kids to start thinking this way as they read this book.

This book started with a question to readers, “Can you see him?” The next page was almost blank except for a brown dot. Turning the page over will show a close-up view of what looks like a basket filled to the brim with toys: elephant, airplane, building, toy bus, etc. The narrator named the things that are normally big like buildings and planes and things that are small like paper clips and pencil sharpener. The question in the story was: Are they? The following page explained that it’s all depending on where readers stood. If readers stood next to an airplane then it’s big but if readers looked up at the sky while it’s flying then it’s very small. The next page readers were introduced to a new concept: an orangutan and a person will be about the same size, but if readers zoomed in on the orangutan’s fur, readers will see a tiny flea jumping around an orange forest. There’s a quick fact about how fleas can jump 100x its own height and if humans can do the same as fleas, humans can just jump onto the top of the Eiffel Tower instead of riding the elevator. Another concept discussed about how an ant can carry 50x its own weight. If an ant were as big as readers, readers would be able to carry a rhinoceros. There are so many more concepts as readers read on.

Can You See Me?: A Book about Feeling Small was well written and illustrated. The author did an excellent job conveying the idea about someone feeling big or small. It was not only a fun book to read but thought provoking too. At the end, the author reminded readers that a chicken might be scary to an ant but not to readers. Additionally, an ant could be a giant to those microorganisms that required a magnifying glass or microscope to see. The author also asked readers to imagine how it would be like if they could go sightseeing being small like an insect. Because most definitely yes, a ruler will look like a pyramid! This concept reminded me of that movie, Honey; I Shrunk the Kids. It was a fun movie! I read this book for my toddler but I enjoyed the book a lot for myself. I highly recommend everyone to read it!

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Gökçe İrten, artist & author-illustrator, received her BFA with honors from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Ceramics and Glass Design and MA in Visual Arts and Communication Design from Sabanci University. She researched her thesis on ‘Design Principles of a Children’s Picture Book’.

She studied Children’s Book Illustration in Central Saint Martins, London. She illustrated more than 20 children’s books and won Aydin Dogan Children’s Book Illustration Achievement Award in 2019. Her books are published in different languages such as English, German, Chinese & Korean.

In 2017, she opened her first solo exhibition Muhit in Mixer Arts Gallery and participated in many local and international exhibitions.

In 2020, she founded Goho, a handmade porcelain tableware brand that painted by her modernized Anatolian pattern and designs.

Irten is also giving Digital Illustration classes and creating illustrations for editorial magazines and brands. (Photo and info obtained from the author’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


4 thoughts on “Can You See Me? #BookReview #picturebook #childrensbook #kidsbook #kidlit @kidscanpress #bookworm #canyouseeme

    • Jasmine says:

      There’s a day every year where everyone talked about banned books. I haven’t taken part in it yet. It’s hard to make everybody happy. One time I heard a group of people want to ban Harry Potter because it encourages witchcraft. I also heard people don’t like The Handmaid’s Tale but it’s on what is it Netflix or Hulu.. so I don’t pay attention to those people who have nothing to do and choose to put down on other people’s hard work. I have watched a few episodes and sure it makes me raised my eyebrows that such a thing is in the Bible but that’s what make people want to read/watch, something different.


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