a more perfect match between story and illustration. Wonderfully quirky
and sweet, with that ever-important theme that it's ok to be unique.
(And yes, you too will become attached to Cecil the glacier!)
“Ruby Small and her three identical dolls, each named Jennifer, feel uneasy with life in a home where dad sculpts topiaries and mom designs tiaras for the family business, Sprigs & Sparkles. A misunderstanding leads to a family vacation in Norway. When an adoring, newly calved glacier insists on following them home, Ruby learns that being different isn't really a bad thing, especially when someone loves you very, very much.”
— Stacie M. Williams, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
In a starred review Publishers Weekly raves: "It's an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within--and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that." Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciate being different. Ruby would love to be like everyone else--not easy when you have a tiara-wearing mother and a father who spends his time trimming outrageous topiary. She'd also like to get a nice normal pet, maybe a dog. Then, on a family vacation to Norway, she finds herself adopted by a small, affectionate glacier. How Cecil, as the ice pet is named, proves himself to Ruby--risking his own meltdown--is a story sure to thrill and delight young readers.
About the Author
MATTHEA HARVEY is the author of several books of poetry, including Modern Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Other books include a storybook called The Little General and the Giant Snowflake and an illustrated erasure, Of Lamb. Matthea teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at mattheaharvey.com. GISELLE POTTER's children's books include, most recently, The Orphan by Anthony Manna and Christadoula Mitakadou; The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner; Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, a Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; and The Big Box by Toni Morrison. She also wrote and illustrated two autobiographical picture books, The Year I Didn't Go to School and Chloe's Birthday and Me. Giselle lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters. Visit her at GisellePotter.com.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2012: “It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within— and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that.”