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Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library, The Hardcover – June 20, 2017
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“Rich with references to familiar tales and accompanied by realistic illustrations by Newbery honoree Jamieson, this effort will charm library lovers and would make a fine read-aloud as brave, endearing Eddie navigates one terrible peril after another. An excellent, engaging tale for a broad range of ages.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A bookish bug finds a way to save the school library . . . Bailey fills her narrative with references to classic works of the past and present, and has picked a theme (and outcome) that will be dear to the hearts of young readers as well as educators and librarians.” (Booklist (starred review))
“A warm, funny tribute to the power of books and stories, Eddie’s adventure will have readers seeing anew the magic of libraries and ready to defend them from the Ms. Grisches of the world.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Eddie’s humorously wide-eyed, bug-level perspective allows the book to celebrate education and reading without becoming didactic, and Jamieson’s personality-rich illustrations match the book’s tone perfectly.” (Horn Book Magazine)
“Avid readers will enjoy the plethora of references to beloved children’s tales, as well as the adventures of an unlikely champion who overcomes human-size obstacles. ...Eddie delivers an entertaining bug’s-eyed perspective on the larger world, and Jamieson’s b&w spot illustrations match the story’s energy.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
LINDA BAILEY is a bestselling and award-winning children's writer with more than 25 books to her credit. She is the author of If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, When Santa Was a Baby, Seven Dead Pirates and the beloved Stanley-the-dog series. She has won awards across North America including the California Young Readers' Medal, the Georgia Storybook Award, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, the Oregon SMART Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Her books have been translated into 16 languages and optioned for film and television. The author lives in Vancouver, BC.
VICTORIA JAMIESON is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor book Roller Girl. She has written and illustrated several picture books, and is the illustrator of Jody Feldman's Gollywhopper Games series, as well as Svetlana Chmakova's graphic novelAwkward. Jamieson attended the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a book designer at HarperCollins Children's Books before moving to Portland, Oregon with her husband. She now teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art and maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.Victoria Jamieson lives in Portland, OR. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The reader can't help but love the little hero, Eddie, a tiny bug who braves the huge halls of the school, dodging a spider, a mouse, and lots of squishers (humans who stomp on bugs), in order to find his missing aunt.
Aunt Min is special. She has taught Eddie to read and told him many stories she overheard in the school library. These are books every child should experience from the works of Dr. Seuss to E.B. White. Avid readers will nod their heads with understanding whenever these books are mentioned. You may want to find those you haven't read.
The novel supports reading and libraries at a time when many are shrinking or disappearing. Little Eddie reminds us of all the reasons we love a children's library and why it cannot be replaced by a computer terminal.
The first quest for Eddie is to save his aunt and then protect his foolish little cousin who has followed him. The second one is to save the library from a substitute librarian (sister of a powerful administrator) who wants to board up its beautiful windows, remove all the books, and turn it into something less expensive. It seems an impossible task for a little bug to stop the demise of the beloved library when even the principal has trouble asserting himself but Eddie is committed and clever.
This endearing, suspenseful, and thoughtful book will connect with children and parents alike. There are acts of courage and sacrifice, a great deal of humor, subtle ethical topics, and tributes to our most cherished children's books. I love how we see the world through the eyes of a small, defenseless creature who only wants to survive with his family. (A good discussion could follow about how some humans are "squishers" of small insects and how this contrasts with the compassion other people show to the small and defenseless.)
This book doesn't touch on the topic of bullying but I believe if children are taught to show kindness to the smallest and most helpless, they are less likely to bully others or to be speciest. Little Eddie and his family are adorable ambassadors for compassion.
I won a free copy from LibraryThing.