You Must Be This Tall

Illustrated by Steven Weinberg
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About The Book

Two friends—one short and one tall—must come up with a plan to overcome a serious height restriction so they can ride a roller coaster together in this delightfully cheeky and bright picture book from the author of Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!

Best friends Frank and Harold do everything as a pair. And at the fair, they want to ride the roller coaster together, too! But one of them isn’t tall enough.

Can this energetic duo think outside the box and figure out a way to overcome the height restriction and ride the roller coaster? Find out in this adorable picture book that celebrates the value of friendship and encourages problem solving from Steven Weinberg.

About The Author

Photograph by Casey Scieszka

Steven Weinberg loves to draw and write. He is the author and illustrator of Fred and the Lumberjack, Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!, You Must Be This Tall, and the illustrator of Beard Boy. He lives in the Catskills, where this book takes place. Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 2016)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481429818
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD260L

Raves and Reviews

“Weinberg’s digitally enhanced watercolor and pencil cartoon illustrations are full of energy and movement… VERDICT An irreverent punch line adds surprise and a last belly laugh.”

– School Library Journal

"This cheeky book delighted my children so much that they made me read it three times in a row. It has become a staple of our bedtime routine."

– Joanna Goddard, A Cup of Jo

“This exuberant romp includes joyous, over-the-top illustrations. The roller coaster loops and swoops, mimicking serpentine coils, and the pages alternate between horizontal and vertical views. Frank and Harold’s creative problem-solving…. [is]perfectly in sync with the theme of best buddies having a wonderful time at the fair. This tale of friendship will make for a rambunctious read-aloud.”

– Booklist Online

“With his thick, sloppy, ripply purple lines and desert Day-Glo palette, Weinberg (Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!) packs in the action, as well as a sweet reminder that true friends stick together even when circumstance might pry them apart.” 

– The New York Times

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