Book Review: Little Lena and the Big Table

Today I bring to you a story that so many children can relate to. Author PJ McIlvaine brilliantly uncovered a topic felt by so many little ones, including my own.


Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Big Belly Books

Author: Pj McIlvaine

Illustrator: Leila Nabih

Ages: 3-8

Synopsis: Little Lena has her heart set to sit at the big table. But every year her family tells her she’s just not big enough. Little Lena is determined to show everyone how big she is.

This book is full of heartfelt charm and it’s simple text along with the illustrations, paint the perfect picture of the lovely, but often chaotic atmosphere at family gatherings.

LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE is a great story to have on hand, especially before family events!

My children’s favorite part is when Lena discovers how boring the adult table really is. Ganny takes out her teeth, mom shows embarrassing photos, Uncle Ron spits when he speaks—lots of humor sure to make your child laugh.

You can purchase this picture book at your local bookstore or

Happy Reading!

I received a free copy from the publisher to give my honest review. 

15 thoughts on “Book Review: Little Lena and the Big Table

  1. I’m very excited for this book. It sounds fun! In our family, the 6 kids (my 3 and my sister’s 3) wanted to keep the kids table going, even when they were in high school!


    1. Yes, I agree with you, Danielle. The novelty of sitting at the grownups table is so real! Thanks for stopping by!


  2. I had to sit at the little table, like Lena, when we had ‘grownup’ company, too, and frankly, that’s exactly what made me happiest. Kids laugh more, talk about games and toys, tell silly jokes and stories. And the adults? Blah, blah, blah, blah. I’m all grown up, but that kid’s table still holds plenty of appeal for me. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing PJ’s picture book, I’m looking forward to reading it cover to cover again and again.

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