Kid’s Review: You Matter

Kid’s Review: You Matter

About the Book and Author

This sensitive and attractive picture book from the award-winning author/illustrator Christian Robinson helps children to see the world from different points of view, helping them to appreciate that everyone is connected and we are all important in our different ways.

The small stuff too small to see.
Those who swim with the tide and those who don’t.
The first to go and the last.
You matter

This story explores different perspectives  – from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding, from the hugest dinosaur to the tiniest fly.

The book encourages and promotes empathy, teaching us to respect others and value our differences. Unsurprisingly it is already a bestseller in the USA. In the UK it is published by Simon & Schuster.


You Matter front cover
Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and later worked with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children.

His illustration credits include  Gaston and Antoinette, both written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He also wrote and illustrated Another. If you want to find out more visit him online at The Art of Fun


Book Review

The book says I matter and so does everyone else, that's why I like this book because it's true!

I really like this book and I love all the pictures. My favourite part is when the comet is flying through the sky to hit the earth. My mummy says this is what killed all the dinosaurs. I can see the tiny dinosaurs running away in the picture.

I also like the bit where the mummy is super high in a space rocket. I laughed when the mosquito bit the dinosaur’s tail and the dinosaur roared!

The book says I matter and so does everyone else, that’s why I like this book because it’s true!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jasper
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: swimming, biking and building with Lego
  • Dislikes: wasps and bacon
  • Favourite Book: Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Film: Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun
  • Favourite Song: The Ballard of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker