Part graphic novel, part fantasy nature journal, this small, inventive title introduces Sticky Burr, a tiny, spiny, unlikely hero. Like the other burrs in Burrwood Forest, young Sticky is "small and covered with tiny hooks," but he feels different, too; he prefers art and music to the more "prickly" pursuits that the other burrs enjoy. While fleeing a pack of bullies, Sticky inadvertently begins a dangerous adventure that brings new friendships and transforms him from an outsider into a hero. With clear lines and understated, woodsy browns and greens, Lechner's cartoon artwork mixes multiframe spreads of Sticky on the run with pages that are meant to resemble Sticky's journal, offering background explanations about the burr way of life. Dialogue bubbles briskly move the story along, but the whimsical details will encourage kids to linger and enjoy the richly realized world on each page. The messages about triumphing over bullies are overt, but children will eagerly rally behind the small hero and look for future adventures in Burrwood Forest. Engberg, Gillian
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
John Lechner is an artist, animator, multimedia designer, puppeteer, and author-illustrator of the picture book A FROGGY FABLE. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.