Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Potter's (The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece) eerie, solemn portraits are an inspired choice for Harvey's (The Little General and the Giant Snowflake) tale of a misunderstood child and her equally misunderstood glacier. Lonely Ruby has flamboyantly eccentric parents who run a topiary and tiara business; their cheerful displays of weirdness embarrass her daily. A family trip to Norway nets Ruby a pet, a pint-size glacier named Cecil who follows her everywhere; Ruby who wanted a dog scorns him. When she locks Cecil out of her room, 'He would nudge the door, leaving a wet patch below the doorknob. After a bit, he would slide sadly back to his cooler.' Cecil will charm readers from the start, but it's not until he performs a daring rescue and nearly melts in the process that Ruby realizes how wrong she's been. 'Help!' she orders, calling for his staple food. 'I need some ice water and a plate of pebbles!' It's an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that. Ages 4 8. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.