By: Anna Kang

Illustrated by: Christopher Weyant

Published: May 12, 2020

Publisher: Two Lions


Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Or, in everyone else that wants to give their opinion. In the fifth book of the YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL series, we find two friends building a sandcastle on the beach. They are happy and having a wonderful time together. The two friends decide the castle is perfect and finished….until one friend decides to add some flags. Then it needs taller towers. Then a few friends come along and give their opinion on what it needs until it is quite a grand castle and it has taken a lot of work to make it a perfectly grand castle.

They have made the grandest castle possible and everyone is so excited. While they are smiling for a photo, something is coming up from behind them that will ruin all their work.

The two friends are shocked and sad until they notice something that might just be the “perfect” way to end their day on the beach. These two friends realize perfection really is in the eye of the beholder.

This sweet story teaches perseverance, the power of peer pressure, and, of course, the value of a true friendship. The illustrated characters are adorable and all have their own personality. With limited words on the pages, the illustrations tell as much of the story as the words. Even non-readers would be able to understand what is going on.

Kang and Weyant make a great team when writing stories for children and I hope there are plenty more children’s books to come.

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends. They also wrote and illustrated Eraser, Can I Tell You a Secret?, and Will You Help Me Fall Asleep? Christopher’s work can also be seen in The New Yorker, and his cartoons are syndicated worldwide. This husband-and-wife team lives in New Jersey with their two daughters and their rescue dog. Visit them at and

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