Big people are little when they are mean.
But little people are not big when they are mean."
Toni & Slade Morrison in The book of Mean People at Brainpickings. The Book of Mean People: Toni Morrison’s Children’s Allegory about Kindness and Context
I haven’t read The Book of Mean People. I was a little startled to see so many hostile reviews at GoodReads. So even while I haven’t read the book, my hunch is that I agree more with Maria Popova than the negative reviewers. The negative reviews presume a very literal interpretation of the text. In my experience with stories and children—limited—that doesn’t feel the way stories operate. Popova presumes children will understand the story as allegory, and that rings true to me.