Before I Grew Up

Before I Grew Up

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A story of childhood dreams and adventures, and of the parental love that in seeing you, nourishes you to become yourself.


A Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) Loveliest Children's Book of 2021


Using notebooks, paintings, and sketches, author John Miller (Winston and George) weaves a lyrical story about the childhood of an Italian artist named Giuliano Cucco. Through luminescent, emotionally rich images, Miller tells the story of a colorful family and an imaginative boy, from a time when children had the freedom to roam and to dream. This innovative picture book, sprung from images into words, is an ode to childhood and a celebration of the human spirit.
It's also a celebration of the deep inner solitude that we possess as children, wherein we flourish. Here, our child protagonist is ripening on his own, and needs only three words from his father to help him confirm who he believes himself to be.



Author: John Miller
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Published: 11/23/2021
Pages: 60
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 11.30h x 9.20w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781592703616
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 10/15/2021

About the Author
Giuliano Cucco was an Italian artist and illustrator. He and his wife were killed by a motor scooter driver in a pedestrian crossing in Rome in 2006. He is survived by a son and two grandchildren.