Horn Book’s Lovely Review of TRUMAN!

I love when a reviewer so completely understands a book.

Horn Book captures an element that many miss – that Truman’s journey parallels “a child’s own first journey into the unknown that is school.”

Thank you, Julie Danielson for this lovely review!

“Most picture books chronicling the first day of school focus on the small humans experiencing that rite of passage, but here the star is one such child’s intrepid pet tortoise. Truman lives in the big city with ‘his Sarah,’ who leaves one day with a backpack. She also places two extra green beans (uh-oh) in his tank and tells him to be brave. When, from the window, Truman sees her board the #11 bus going south, he knows he will have to go after her. Thus begins his slow-moving journey…across the living room, the pink floor rug being the most daunting obstacle: ‘Without Sarah, their home seemed vast and uncharted and unsettling.’ Just as he’s about to slip under the front door, Sarah returns, touched by his bravery and determination. At the heart of this story, paralleling a child’s own first journey into the unknown that is school, is the affectionate relationship between Sarah and Truman (Sarah regularly kisses her finger and touches it to his shell), and there’s much humor and drama in Truman’s exertions. Cummins’s relaxed-line, mixed-media illustrations bring the family’s cozy world to life, and the occasional use of a larger, bolder font emphasizes the heroics needed for Truman’s journey.
This little creature has big courage, something to which small humans can relate.”

TRUMAN in the New York Times!

Walking to the store reminds me of my once “big city” life. And while today I heard no honking taxis or growling trash trucks or shrieking cars, I did buy a big city newspaper and a donut … because it’s not every day that a tiny urban tortoise makes his New York Times debut.

Here’s the review!

“A girl. Her pet turtle. Her first day of school. From these simple elements Reidy (‘Pup 681’) and Cummins (‘Stumpkin’) spin an enchanting tale of bravery, heroism and undying devotion. Little Sarah lives in an apartment, and Truman’s tank is perched on a windowsill. When she leaves on a bus after some unusual preparations — ‘that backpack was particularly big,’ he thinks — he decides to make a break and find her. He makes it to the rug, but ‘without Sarah, their home seemed vast and uncharted and unsettling.’ Cummins’s delectable art captures the warm, witty heart of the story.”

Introducing … TRUMAN!!!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest book TRUMAN!

Here’s where you can buy your copy: AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound

I’ll be celebrating and signing books at (click for more information):

7/14/19       The Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO, TRUMAN Launch Party

8/3/19        The Book Stall Bookstore, Winnetka, IL, TRUMAN Launch Party

8/24/19      Book People Bookstore, Austin, TX, TRUMAN Launch Party

9/14/19      The Princeton Children’s Book Festival, Princeton, NJ

And here’s my complete schedule of appearances – updated daily.

Would you like Autographed Book Stickers? E-mail me.

Teachers and Librarians see my FREE resources including Skype Visits and the TRUMAN Curriculum Guide and Storytime Kit. Or how about a school visit? Just e-mail me.

Finally, if you’re as excited about TRUMAN as I am, please help me spread the word. Here are some sample tweets to get you started:

TRUMAN “charms; there’s just something uplifting and wonderful about the whole package.” (Kirkus STARRED review) And it’s now available from author @jeanreidy, illustrator @lucyruth, and @SimonKids. http://tinyurl.com/y3czrqjg

TRUMAN “will have readers of all ages falling in love” (Booklist). And it’s now available from author @jeanreidy, illustrator @lucyruth, and @SimonKids. http://tinyurl.com/y3czrqjg

A charming first-day-of-school story for the young animal lovers in your life, TRUMAN is now available from author @jeanreidy, illustrator @lucyruth, and @SimonKids. http://tinyurl.com/y3czrqjg

With excitement and gratitude,

Jean

 

 

Another Bright and Shiny Starred Review for TRUMAN!

L J imageThis time from School Library Journal. I’m brimming with pride!

“’Truman was small, the size of a donut—a small donut—and every bit as sweet’ accurately describes a turtle who has a very close relationship with his Sarah. The tiny reptile knows something’s up when Sarah gives him extra green beans, buttons up a brand new sweater, takes a large backpack and leaves the apartment. Though she’s left him before, he’s unsettled by the activities of the morning, especially when he sees her through the window boarding a city bus. After waiting “a thousand hours,” and she still hasn’t returned, he makes the decision to go after her. His plans on how to get out of his aquarium, leave the apartment and board a bus make for an entertaining tale of love and (temporary) loss. Charming and humorous illustrations were created using gouache, colored pencil, charcoal and brush marker and finished digitally. Tiny Truman is endearing and his adoration, concern, and determination are reflected on his little face. VERDICT A heartwarming tale of devotion that will be enjoyed by children and their adults.”

Booklist Loves TRUMAN!

Image may contain: textWhat a way to start the week! This review makes my heart sing. Oh, Booklist – Truman and I thank you!

“’Truman was small, the size of a donut—a small donut—and every bit as sweet.’ So begins the utterly heartwarming story of a tortoise and his girl, Sarah. Truman lives on a windowsill overlooking the big, loud city. When, one day, Sarah packs up her bag and boards a bus, Truman decides to do the impossible and go after her. He manages to escape his tank, journeying out over the couch and across the endless rug, but he finds that the world is much bigger and scarier without Sarah. Just as he prepares to go outside and board the bus, the front door opens, and Sarah returns! Children will be eager to hear what their pets go through while they’re away at school, and the uplifting story of friendship and bravery will satisfy widely. Using gouache, brush marker, charcoal, and colored pencil, Cummins has rendered in Truman a character so indisputably adorable that, coupled with Reidy’s soulful characterization, he will have readers of all ages falling in love.”

All materials © 2019 Jean Reidy. Author website by Websy Daisy. Shelly the Turtle designed by Genevieve Leloup.