You'll Soon Grow into Them, TitchSo, I picked this one myself. I closed my eyes, felt along the stacks, and ended up in the H row, and grabbed You’ll Soon Grow into Them, Titch, by Pat Hutchins. The book is about the youngest boy in a family of three whose clothes are too small for him. His older brother and older sister give him some hand-me-down clothes are a bit too big for him. Clearly, Titch isn’t happy, and his parents finally decide to get him a new outfit. Finally, Titch’s parents bring home a new baby (I totally missed the pregnant mom knitting baby clothes in some of the earlier pages), and Titch offers his old clothes that are too small.

You’ll Soon Grow into Them, Titch is rated Read It at the Library

This book was published in 1983. To me, Hutchins’ illustrations are a bit dated (they’ve got a 70’s-era, School House Rocks, post-Yellow Submarine style look), which is fair, as the book is 30 years old. If you have a child who has a hard time accepting hand-me-downs, this story … well, it tells the story of a boy going through that situation. He does end up getting his own new clothes at one point, too, so it’s not like he accepts all clothes being hand-me-down. I guess You’ll Soon Grow into Them, Titch, could be described as an anecdote on one aspect of growing up. I don’t particularly feel like the message totally gets through, though.

There is actually an entire series of Titch books that Hutchins wrote and illustrated over the years (I haven’t read any others of them). It appears that the series is about the difficulties of being the youngest child (Hutchins grew up in a family of 7 kids). There was even a stop motion television series produced in the late ’90s (24 ten minute episodes produced). I love some British stop motion (e.g., Shaun the Sheep), maybe I’ll check it out. Maybe Titch translates better in England. I have a feeling that Titch might have a pretty large following of Brits who grew up in the 70’s-90’s.

Pat Hutchins has been writing and illustrating books over the last 40+ years. Her book, The Wind Blew, was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 (a big deal in the UK).