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Neville Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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!
Brain Karas, the illustrator, uses gray shades of colors in the beginning of the story. From a bird’s eye view, Brain drew the moving truck leaving this young kid in a new strange neighborhood which is the main setting. The next page depicts the protagonist’s frustration. He drew the scene of him kicking a basketball that hits a box and tumbles all the items out all over his new front yard. The pictures tell the story, and you can feel how isolated he felt in this strange place. Juxiposition from the art where the words, “Nobody asked him about moving. They’d just told him.” (Justor, pg. 4)
As the story progresses, a more light feeling is demonstrated by bolder colors and a more playful composition. Further in the story, two adjacent pages are filled the name Neville in different colors, designs, lines and font styles with colors pencils.
The mom is featured as the antagonist in the beginning of the story. The tone is dark and depressing in the first few pages. She is making him move, and he obviously is disgusted with this idea of moving. She is in a flat static role. Her personality does not grow, but she encourages him to take a walk down the block because he may meet someone in this new neighborhood.
On the other hand, the young protagonist is dynamic and he finds a way to grow and not stay in this angry state. He walks down the block and then stood perfectly still – as if he was making a plan – and yells, “Neville”.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a cute book! It is a nice book to share with the new kid on the block, New kid in the class, New kid to any group. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dwhit22
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt out of place or new, or who is about to move housePublished 24 months ago by Allison Biehl
Loved this book. It has the same name as my hubby so i bought it to add to our library!Published on February 11, 2013 by Sexymamma
I got this book by accident but it was such a wonderful surprise. I read a lot of books to my 4 year old daughter. She loves being read to. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Estonia23
it's a good book for younger kids to read. I think it was also cute. now i am just randomly typingPublished on January 1, 2013 by Elizabeth G.
Have you ever moved to a new neighborhood and had no friends? The boy in this story has the same problem. Mom says, "Maybe you'd like to take a walk down the block. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Ms. Clark
Great looking and a very nice story. The mixed media illustrations by G. Brian Karas perfectly capture the changing emotional tone. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Bewildered Mom