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  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423147936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423147930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A shrew named Shredder lives in a woodland paradise of sculpted roots, glistening leaves, and filtered light, yet he's anxious and lonely: "And when he swung on a rubber band and sang a little song, there was no one to sing along." He sets off in search of something more-he's not sure what. When the silver foil cup Shredder is using for a boat capsizes, and he's rescued by a mole, Nosey's casual self-introduction ("I'm a professional digger.... Wanna dig?") is the beginning of the friendship Shredder only half-realized he was seeking. Shredder's shrew-size den, with its bottle-cap dishes and matchbox bed, will draw smiles, while the silvery rivulets in which his boat founders testify to Pixar production artist Pilcher's ability to produce breathtaking visual effects. Pleasing tension is set up between the narration, told from Shredder's point of view ("When a giant shadow came over them, they hid inside a cave"), and the extra information that Pilcher reveals on the page-the cave is a pair of worn leather work boots. Pilcher's debut will likely win Shredder more than one new friend. Ages 3 5.—PW

PreS-Gr 2 Part of a series of collaborations between Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Worldwide Publishing, this story of found friendship follows Shredder, a lonely shrew who sets out to find if there is something more to life "over there." Attracted by a reflection of light, Shredder leaves the safety of his home to explore the big world. His progress is halted when he comes upon a body of water. Coincidentally, the shiny object that drew his attention in the first place is an aluminum tin that he uses as a boat. Sadly, it is not exactly seaworthy. However, before he can drown, a mole named Nosey comes to his rescue. Because they have so much in common, the two become fast friends. Bonded together by a love of digging, similar fashion choices, and food, the shrew and mole find that companionship makes life so much sweeter. The story is told through a combination of the cinematic illustrations and the simplistic text. Children and adults alike will appreciate this story with its stunning, dark illustrations, endearing characters, and cinematic spreads that propel the story forward. Highly recommended. Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA—SLJ

About the Author

In 1995, Steve Pilcher began working in feature film animation at Warner Bros. He spent eight years there, then worked freelance for Disney Feature Animation, followed by four years in the art department at Dreamworks, where he contributed to Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. He was the Production Designer on Brave and currently works at Pixar. His art has been shown at the Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Format: Hardcover
The new series allows the artists of Pixar and Disney to stretch beyond animation and express their creative visions through picture book art and text. The first was No Slurping, No Burping by Lorelay Bove (who worked on Wreck It Ralph, Winnie the Pooh the upcoming Big Hero 6, and is the first designer to create new artwork for Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection CD albums.

For the second book in the series, Pixar Production Designer created Over There, a gentle children’s fable about a wistful little shrew named Shredder. This simple story, carefully laid out on each page spread, takes Shredder on a small quest to find one thing and somehow finding another.

With the quiet power of its peaceful forest settings and snuggly places for the characters to nestle, this is just the sort of story for bedtime, rainy days or those times when things just need to settle down. My kids are in their teens, but they still occasionally yearn for the comfort of story time. Pilcher himself takes part in readings of his book to groups of youngsters in public storytime events.

The story is very cute (not in a treacly way), but the artwork is over the top great, reminiscent of the classic Big Golden Books illustrated by such Disney artists as Al Dempster and Gustav Tenggren. It’s a grand tradition that will hopefully continue with further releases.
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