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Sylvie

Sylvie hung on a silvery thread
from the rusty underside of a fire escape.

And though it was dark and damp
and disturbingly close to the dumpster,

that hideout was home to Sylvie, because, you see
not everyone appreciates a spider
who calls attention to herself.

From the creators of TRUMAN comes a story about courage, community, friendship and one small spider with a big, bold heart.

Picture book, Ages 4-8, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 5/2022
ISBN: 978-1534463486 (Hardcover)

Sylvie

Sylvie hung on a silvery thread
from the rusty underside of a fire escape.

And though it was dark and damp
and disturbingly close to the dumpster,

that hideout was home to Sylvie, because, you see
not everyone appreciates a spider
who calls attention to herself.

From the creators of TRUMAN comes a story about courage, community, friendship and one small spider with a big, bold heart.

Picture book, Ages 4-8, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster 5/2022
ISBN: 978-1534463486 (Hardcover)

REVIEWS, NEWS AND INTERVIEWS

“Young readers will enjoy meeting a new small-but-mighty (and spidery) protagonist in this welcome return to the world of Truman (BCCB 9/19), featuring a cameo from the tortoise himself. Laced with lovely alliteration and internal rhyme, the text introduces young listeners to the whimsy of language at storytime … Sylvie‘s bubbly effervescence shows readers that it is well worth the courage it takes to be seen.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Reidy records Sylvie’s qualms and enthusiasms with a breathless, enthusiastic voice (her idea is ‘audacious, dangerous, MAGNANIMOUS’), while Cummins’s digitally finished multimedia art combines reportorial immediacy with a kind of sketchbook impressionism that takes readers inside Sylvie’s head. Read with or without pandemic-era context in mind, it’s a warming story about the necessity of connection and community.”

Publishers Weekly

“Sylvie, by Jean Reidy and wonderfully illustrated using gouache, brush marker, charcoal and colored pencils and completed digitally by Lucy Ruth Cummins, is a story about how even the smallest act can make a difference. Sylvie is a cute little spider who observes the people living in her apartment building. She’s happy not to be noticed. But then she sees that all of these dwellers are missing something. She is going to have to have courage and be seen to bring them all together. The pictures are bright and whimsical, and the text is rich with alliteration and imagery throughout.”

Meridian