"Dramatic paintings add depth and foreboding to a lesson about excessive materialism."--Kirkus "The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things."--Publishers Weekly "This is a timely, clearly needed fable for contemporary society as it tries to unravel itself from excessive materialism. Ideal for discussions about reducing consumption."--School Library Journal, starred review "This minimally told story delivers a strong antimaterialism message, and kids with a habit of amassing stuff may, like Magpie, recognize their own reflections."--Booklist "The lesson about living simply carries here, gracefully communicated both in the illustrations and the spare text."--Bulletin "The message here is overt, but the treatment is clever, effective, and commendably understated."--Horn Book
About the Author
Brian Lies is the award-winning author and/or illustrator of more than two dozen children's books, including his New York Times best-selling bat books (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, and Bats at the Ballgame). He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, and two cats, and battles clutter in his garage, basement, and studio.