Author: Gauld Tom
Format: Picture Book
Package Dimensions: 2x279x227
Number Of Pages: 40
Release Date: 24-08-2021
Details: Product Description
A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister– making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld’s first picture book for children.
For years, the king and queen have tried desperately to have a baby. Their wish was granted twice, when an engineer and a witch gave them a little wooden robot and an enchanted log princess.
But there’s just one catch: every night when the log princess sleeps, she transforms back into an ordinary log, and can only be woken up with magic words.
The princess and her robot brother are are inseparable, until the sleeping princess, mistaken for lumber, is accidentally carted off to parts unknown. Now it’s up to her devoted brother to find her, and get them safely back home.
They need to take turns to get each other home, and on the way, they face a host of adventures involving the Queen of Mushrooms, a magic pudding, a baby in a rosebush, and an old lady in a bottle.
This is acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld’s first picture book for children, inspired by a bedtime story he made up for his daughters. In his words, “I was trying to make a book inspired by three different sets of books: The books that I remember enjoying as a child, the books that I watched my daughters enjoying, and the books I enjoy now as an adult. I wanted the book to have its own quirky feeling but also to function like a classic bedtime story.”
An ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title
A People Magazine Best Kids Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
An NPR ‘Book We Love!’
A Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book!
A Publishers Lunch Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
An Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids pick!
A CCBC Choice
A Mighty Girl
Best Book of the Year
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4—This the tale of a king and queen (he with white skin, she with brown) who long for a child. Their wishes come true with the help of a kind inventor and a good witch, and they end up with not one child but two: a wooden robot boy and his princess sister. There is a slight glitch as one might expect in a fairy tale—the princess turns into a log nightly and has to be woken each morning with a magical phrase. Despite this relatively minor detail, the siblings enjoy their lives until one day a dramatic turn of events sets them on an action-packed adventure, requiring them to each rescue the other on their perilous journey home. With pen drawings colored digitally, Eisner-winning Gauld’s picture book debut is a story full of fairy-tale magic with timeless touches and modernity woven together seamlessly. The brilliant pacing of the story, accomplished in both illustrations and text, make this a truly delightful tale that will be enjoyed by a wide-ranging audience. With heroic beetles and delightful multiracial siblings, this is a magical offering. VERDICT Utterly charming and full of positivity, magic, and love, this is a must-have for every collection.—John Scott, Baltimore County P.S.
“Fairy tale tropes are upended in Gauld’s charming tale of royal siblings who take turns rescuing each other.”
“One of the best picture books I’ve read this year. . . . It’s impossible not to cheer for this unlikely sibling duo, the eponymous little wooden robot and his sister, the log princess. . . . The book is welcomely, and interestingly, diverse as well, shaking up familiar formulas.”
—The New York Times
“This funny and heartfelt book is a wonderful introduction to the language of cartooning for kids wh
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