". . . [a] delightful, sparsely-worded book. . ." Wall Street Journal
, March 10, 2012
". . .lavishly illustrated. . ." New York Times, May 13, 2012
"innovative and spare. . . [with] breathtaking illustrations." The Guardian (UK)
"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
I. C. Springman is a small-house person in a McMansion-loving world. She lives as simply as possible with one husband, three dogs, and too many books somewhere down south. More was written for her grandsons, Mason and Jack, with the hope that one day there will be enough for all.
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.