Big Problems, Little Problems is the story of how a dad teaches his son to solve the daily challenges of life - and, in turn, the surprising ways in which a child can teach a grown—up to remembe
Big Problems, Little Problems is the story of how a dad teaches his son to solve the daily challenges of life - and, in turn, the surprising ways in which a child can teach a grown—up to remember what is important, too. Written with lessons that apply to any family with young children, the book is distinctively told from a father's perspective, and built on how a son and dad listen to and learn from each other. This is a tale of how to conquer frustration no matter what the problem.
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Ben Feller is a former award—winning former Chief White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, the largest news organization in the world. During his years of questioning and covering Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, he led the White House press corps, traveled aboard Air Force One hundreds of times, and was honored as a "master of deadline reporting." Now he is writing about his personal passion: Being a dad.
Mercè López (Barcelona, Spain) graduated from Llotja Art School in Barcelona and has illustrated for design, theater, and film as well as twenty children's books for Spanish and international book publishers. Her 2019 title Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas received multiple starred reviews and was named a Center for Children's Books Gryphon Honor Book, an NCTE Notable Poetry Book, a Kirkus Best Picture Book, and a Parents Magazine Best Kids' Book, among other accolades. In a starred review of I Am Smoke (Tilbury House, 2021), Kirkus called her illustrations "Lustrous" and "Exquisitely beautiful." In his 100 Scope Notes column for School Library Journal, Travis Jonker called I Am Smoke "One of the most astonishingly unconventional children's books of 2021. Here's to children's books that expand our assumptions of what a children's book can be."
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A charming picture book about a single dad (a rarity in the picture book world) and his little boy, who turns out to be very wise. From their secret handshake to their mutual problem—solving, this father and son have winning ways.
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"Big Problems, Little Problems seamlessly weaves 'big' topics — perspective, frustration, patience — into a charming narrative that highlights the magical bond between father and son. It's a sweet and lovely read that helps children sort out what matters and what doesn't — and will likely have kids and dads around the country coming up with their own secret handshakes!"
— Savannah Guthrie, Co—Anchor of the TODAY morning show and Co—Author of "Princesses Wear Pants" and "Princesses Save the World."
"Big Problems, Little Problems illuminates one of the sublime joys of parenting: when our kids help us better understand the lessons we are so intent on teaching them. This fun — and fun—to—read — book about perspective and perseverance is a bedtime favorite at our house."
— Josh Earnest, Chief Communications Officer at United Airlines and former White House Press Secretary for President Barack Obama
"In Big Problems, Little Problems, Ben Feller focuses on a vital lesson that's rarely seen in a father—themed resource: the bidirectional aspect of a quality relationship between a dad and his child in which they learn from each other. It's a lesson that anyone who uses this wonderful book will appreciate."
— Christopher Brown, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative
"Where was Ben Feller when I was raising little kids?! We could have used his warm and lovingly—delivered lessons on patience, perspective, and the difference between big and little problems."
— Jim Axelrod, Senior National Correspondent for CBS News and author of "In The Long Run: A Father, A Son, and Unintentional Lessons In Happiness."