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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