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  • Published: 12 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780823446834
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 22
  • RRP: $13.99

I Am Just Right




Celebrate change with your growing baby as a young boy gets bigger and tries new things.

The boy in this book is too big for his crib, his shoes, and his tricycle. And he is too big for Grandpa to pick up.

But he is just right for his big-boy bed, his new shirt, and his bicycle. And he is just right for a hug from Grandpa, for his sister, and for this book. He is just right!

Delightful illustrations by David McPhail make this confidence building board book just right for toddlers. A celebration of self-acceptance, growth, and change!

  • Published: 12 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780823446834
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 22
  • RRP: $13.99

About the author

David McPhail

David McPhail ONZM and QSM, whose biography The Years Before My Death was a bestseller, is one of New Zealand’s best-known comedy actors, writers and directors. For the past 30 years, he has written and appeared in a wide variety of New Zealand television programmes, including the award-winning satirical skit series A Week of It, McPhail and Gadsby and Issues, as well as Letters to Blanchy (later toured as a play), and the controversial politically incorrect school-room comedy Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby (lauded by TheSydney Morning Herald as ‘quick-witted’ and ‘darkly funny’). His hugely successful creative friendships with A.K. Grant, Bruce Ansley and Jon Gadsby have resulted in some of New Zealand’s finest comic writing. He has been named both Actor of the Year and Television Personality of the Year on two occasions. In 1995 McPhail was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for service to the community, and in 2008 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and the theatre. McPhail was a foundation shareholder of TV3 and helped set up New Zealand’s first independent television network. He has worked extensively at The Court Theatre in Christchurch, both as an actor and a director, and for 10 years was a regular columnist for The Press in Christchurch. David is known as an articulate and witty speaker, debater and professional MC.

The Years Before My Death recounts not just his collaborative partnerships with the likes of A.K. Grant, Bruce Ansley and Jon Gadsby, but also his equally ‘productive’ encounters with former prime minister Robert Muldoon, the comic genius Dudley Moore, and the television networks of the day. McPhail is arguably best-known for his impersonation of Robert Muldoon, which, according to Steve Braunias in The New Zealand Listener, shrank ‘the most terrifying man in New Zealand to a goblin-sized joke’. Later he gave a more nuanced portrayal of Muldoon in his one-man play, Muldoon (2003). Among many others he has also impersonated Tina Turner, Roger Douglas (played straight in the TV mini-series Fallout), and Keith Holyoake.

McPhail has also partnered with Rawiri Paratene, Mark Wright, Rima Te Wiata, Alison Wall, Peter Rowley and Willy de Wit.

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Praise for I Am Just Right

"This simplest of books offers a strong message to preschoolers, who are starting to realize they are not the  babies or toddlers they once were. . . . the book offers plenty of opportunities for discussion."—Booklist "Just right indeed."—Kirkus Reviews "With simple text and soothing pastel drawings, this book will clearly resonate with toddlers and preschoolers who are growing and changing. An excellent read-aloud or lapsit selection." —School Library Journal "In his distinctive watercolor and pen-and-ink style, McPhail illustrates a stocky, relatable animal character navigating new experiences and becoming more self-assured."—Publishers Weekly

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