by Paul Rogers, illustrated by Korky Paul
Tiny opens with a picture of a giant flea wearing a blue top hat and blue runners. Enormous text begins the story:
Once upon a time there was a flea called Tiny.
Zooming out a little on the next pages we get a glimpse of the dog, Cleopatra, upon whom Tiny lives. Flip the page and we learn about the house Cleopatra lives at; flip, the road; flip, and we see the town called Remembrance. Each time the page turns and the picture is broadened, the text becomes slightly smaller.
Soon we see the island the town is built upon, and then the ocean the island sits in, viewed from space upon the planet called Earth. Flip the page to see the solar system that Earth lives in, then the galaxy with huge stars bigger than the sun.
one evening Cleopatra had a jolly good scratch and Tiny fell off and landed on his back.
Tiny reflects that this is the trouble with being so small. Then he looks up at the stars for the first time in his life.
“Good heavens! Some of these are even tinier than me! Perhaps it doesn’t matter that I’m so small after all!”
Tiny is full of colorful illustrations that grab your attention and “tiny” little details, such as a double band aid on the foot of a dog, that keeps little hands flipping through it for more. It is a wonderful tale encompassing the perception of size, the optimism of one tiny little flea, and the effectiveness of imaginative illustrations.