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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867651
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011:Neville puts an inspired twist on the age-old challenge of making new friends.  Author Norton Juster, best known for The Phantom Tollbooth, uses a minimum of text to great effect, melding beautifully with G. Brian Karas's mixed media illustrations to tell the story. Neville begins with a boy sent by his mother out into their new neighborhood to "take a little walk down the block."  He’s not at all happy about the situation, but comes up with a brilliant idea that soon has all the neighborhood children rallied around him.  The enthusiasm and joy of their undertaking and the ease in which a unified effort can forge childhood friendships are spot-on.  The surprise ending invites gales of laughter and--fortunately--Neville is a book that can be read over and over again without losing the fun. --Seira Wilson

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Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2011:
"...this ingenious foray into breaking into a new neighborhood makes for an amusing and appealing story."

Starred Review, Booklist, October 15, 2011:
"The story’s simple charm comes to life in Juster’s well-paced, spare language. Karas’ deft mixed-media sketches carry remarkable weight. A harmonious blend of text and illustration, this is a warm, reassuring choice for all children who know the anxieties that come with big life changes."


More About the Author

Norton Juster is an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and will soon be performed in schools and theaters nationwide. An amateur cook and professional eater, Mr. Juster lives with his wife in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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I think other kids would enjoy this book because it's great.
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You should read this book, because it is funny and teaches you how to make new friends.
SRE

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DrewFromNY on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
NEVILLE is a wonderfully written and illustrated picture book, suitable for any age, really, but certainly 4 and up. My focus group is my 4.5 year old son and his 6 year old cousin (female). The story revolves around a boy who has just moved to a new town. Knowing nobody--and not excited about the move--he ventures out (at Mom's urging) to find something to do, someone to meet. However, he is well aware that you don't meet people just by walking down the street. I don't want to spoil the story, but I can say that he does encounter other people who join him in searching for his friend, Neville. A great story for all ages, written by Norton Juster, the masterful author of the classic, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, and beautifully illustrated. Juster's tone is pitch-perfect and appealing to kids without talking down to them. This book was a wonderful find that I highly recommend. I read it based on my knowledge of TOLLBOOTH and Juster's other illustrated tale, THE ODIOUS OGRE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SRE on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Do you know what it is like to be the new kid in town? Well, this story is about a boy who moves to a new home in a new town. His mom says, "Go for a walk." The boy goes for a walk and yells, "Neville!" A few kids come to help, and before he knew it the whole neighborhood was screaming, "Neville!" It gets late and the kids go home. They never find Neville. Our favorite part is when we find out who Neville is. You should read this book, because it is funny and teaches you how to make new friends. If you want to find out who Neville is, then you should read the book, "Neville," by Norton Juster. This is a great book, with a really big surprise ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Strickenburg on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This sweet unassuming book tells the story of a young boy who is unhappy to be moving to a new neighborhood. He's particularly skeptical when everyone tells him he'll love it - that's what they always say when they know he won't love something. On a walk down the block, he takes a deep breath and shouts, "Neville!" Soon other children join him to see what the ruckus is about.

This story of a creative and unusual approach to handling a move is perfect for children facing transition in their lives, or for those learning to be accepting of new people they encounter. It's filled with the sketchy mixed media illustrations of G. Brian Karas, which are quite expressive. I love the way he blends text and pictures in his illustrations.

I admit that I was disappointed at the lack of puns and wordplays in this book. I expected it to be more like Norton Juster's classic The Phantom Tollbooth. I'm afraid it's not nearly that good. But laying my expectations aside, it's a pleasing and appealing book in its own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Neville" is a book about a little boy who made lots of friends. His friends shouted his name a lot but they didn't know it was his name. I think other kids would enjoy this book because it's great. My favorite part of the book is when his mom is really sweet to him. I think this book is special because the boy is really nice.

I was also excited that G. Brian Karas illustrated this book because I love his pictures in another book he drew 'I Like Bugs.' I give this book 5 stars!

Review by Eliot K., age 6, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Neville stood on the sidewalk as he watched the moving van putt putt away from his new house. Moving to the new place was seriously disgusting and he kicked his basketball against one of the boxes. His parents told him that he'd love it, but "That's what they always said when they knew he wouldn't love something." Love it, love it not. It was NOT. He wasn't going to love the new house and Neville knew that he would be in for it when he began the new school. And worst of all, "there were no friends." Not a single one.

He sat on his new front steps while his mother tried to comfort him by saying stuff like, "I know it's hard" and "Just give it a chance. I think everything is going to be fine." Mothers said those sort of silly things. Neville ambled up the walkway and decided to take a walk as his mother still talked to him. All of a sudden he decided to give the neighborhood a shout. "NEVILLE." And then again, "NEVILLE.' It wasn't long before another boy came by to help him shout and find Neville. More and more kids came by to help. Would they ever find Neville and if they did would they like him?

This is a fun story about Neville, the new kid on the block. Neville, who is totally down because his family has moved into a new neighborhood, suddenly thinks up a novel way to find other kids. Once the shouting begins, in their search for the missing Neville, the book gains momentum. For every youngster who has moved, this tale will reassure them that all is not lost and eventually they will find and develop new friendships. One of my favorite scenes is when there are several children lounging on the grass trying to figure out what kind of boy Neville could be. "Is he nice? I hope he doesn't push." Everyone who has ever had to move will love joining in as the neighborhood shouts for the mysterious new boy, Neville!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookmark on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great looking and a very nice story. The mixed media illustrations by G. Brian Karas perfectly capture the changing emotional tone.

It opens on a lonely boy in a colorless neighborhood. His back is to the reader and he gazes into nothingness as a moving van leaves the scene. Lonely and sad, the boy walks a little way then takes a deep breath and shouts the name "Neville" into the air. Shortly another boy joins him and advises him to shout louder because, "he probably can't hear you." They shout together. More children join them and take up the call.

With each child comes a little more color and life doesn't look so bad anymore for this young man. The charming ending came as a complete surprise to my youngest son. Now he's a Juster fan, too.
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