Another new book on the horizon – SYLVIE!!

A couple of years ago, a new character popped into my imagination – a small spider who hung outside an apartment building. I immediately knew that sweet spider would be altruistic and humble with a unique perspective on the people who lived inside. But as the spider’s story developed, I also discovered the stories of four people – and one brave tortoise making a cameo appearance – who would be the heart of this spider’s world.

I can’t wait for you all to meet SYLVIE! I’m thrilled to be paired up with Lucy Ruth Cummins again. 2022 can’t come fast enough! Here’s the announcement:

Alexa Pastor at Atheneum has bought world rights to a new picture book by Truman author and illustrator Jean Reidy (l.) and Lucy Ruth Cummins: Sylvie, about a surreptitious spider who gathers the courage to help the neighbors she has watched over from afar. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.

TRUMAN Wins Parents’ Choice Gold Award!

In the “treats” category today – TRUMAN has been selected as a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner! Lucy Ruth Cummins and I are so VERY honored. No celebratory donuts handy. But then again, all that Halloween candy is just sitting there … hmmmmm.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Truman is a very small tortoise, the size of a small doughnut. He lives with his Sarah and keeps her company when she quietly plays. Sarah keeps him in an aquarium in a window where can watch and hear the traffic far below. One day, he is given extra green beans and observes Sarah getting on the number eleven bus and leaving. When she doesn’t return quickly, Truman waits patiently. And he waits and he waits. And then, he climbs out of his aquarium to find her. The world turns out to be bigger and more ominous than Truman anticipated.

With soft black outlines and a flat cartoon style, Truman’s story of bravery and devotion is interspersed with numbered objects to be counted. It is well paced and perfectly suited for the very young and tender-hearted.”

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

 

 

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