Archibald is a chicken; the very last of all of his brothers and sisters to hatch. His brothers and sisters all seem to know what they’re good at and who they want to be, and Archibald is… Archibald. One day, he gets a card in the mail that reads “Your Next Big Thing Is Here” and off Archibald goes on all kinds of great adventures in search of what his NEXT big thing is, not realizing all along that there were big things happening around him the whole time.
It’s not often that I do book reviews, but when I got the synopsis for “Archibald’s Next BIG Thing” written by Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale, in my inbox, I knew it would be perfect for my two boys.
Holden is older and seems to know exactly where he’s going in life already, while Parker struggles to really find his place, what he’s good at, and what he wants to do. He looks up to Holden, but it frustrates him that Holden seems to be so good at everything. Maybe Archibald’s journey would help him see that he doesn’t always have to go looking.
We sat down on the couch together and opened the book. One thing I love about Archibald’s Next BIG Thing is that like the title, it is BIG. It’s hard to read to two kids when the pages are only big enough for one to see, and the pages illustrated by Misty Manley, is bright ans bold and big enough for both boys to read along with me.
As we read through Archibald’s adventures (our personal favorite was one he had with a dinosaur riding a roller coaster), Parker surprised me.
After each adventure, he would stop me and call out “But that IS his next big thing!”
The kids laughed and smiled, but that wasn’t what told me this book was a keeper- it was when I caught Holden reading it all by himself later on. Twice!
Archibald’s Next BIG Thing is a great book for kids, so don’t let its longer length (72 pages) deter you. Parker has the attention span of a gnat and was thoroughly enticed by the entire story.
We enjoyed it SO much that we’re giving 3 copies of Archibald’s Next BIG Thing away, along with 3 hand printed Archibald posters to go with each one! Yay!
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