Laurie Lawlor:  Fiction
Big Tree Down

    Big Tree Down!

    Reviews and Comments

    "A beloved tree brings the town together even after it is toppled in a storm. Big Tree is "shelter, shade, hiding place. Just right for sharing secrets, leaning, and dreaming." The landmark is the meeting place in town. But then a storm strikes. ... On the final page, the narrator's interracial family ... is shown planting a new sapling. "Meet me at Little Tree." Gordon's richly colored illustrations portray the togetherness that is sometimes still found in small towns or urban neighborhoods. Community togetherness at its best in this celebration of a tree." ~ Kirkus Reviews

    This title shows readers what happens when a big tree comes crashing down in a storm….  (uses) rich vocabulary that includes the names of vehicles like a cherry picker and professionals like lineman. The story is lively, well written…. Interest will be high for this title. VERDICT An excellent selection for public or school libraries. ... a go-to title to read after a thunderstorm." ~ School Library Journal

    Big Tree Down! (2018) Illustrated by David Gordon. Holiday House. ISBN: 978-0-8234-3661-3: $17.95; (e-book): 978-0-8234-4066-5; Picture Book

    David Gordon is an illustrator and art director who has worked for numerous production companies, including Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Nickelodeon. His children's books include Hansel and Diesel and Smitten. Gordon lives in New York City. Learn more about David Gordon on his website at

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