Synopses & Reviews
Cecilia Galante, the author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies,
makes her Stepping Stones debut with a sweet series about a lovable curly-haired cupid.
Most cupids have soft straight hair, rosy cheeks, and silky white wings. Not Willa Bean! She has a crazy mess of hair, a million-bajillion freckles, and bright purple wings with silver tips. And lately those bright purple wings with silver tips have been giving Willa Bean an awful lot of problems. They won't fly! Cupid Academy is starting soon, and what if she's the only cloudbound cupid there? Nope, nope, nopeity, nope. Willa Bean just has to make her wings behave!
"The Little Wings series opens with this humorous adventure that introduces a strong-willed fledgling cupid whose mop of messy hair, 'million-bajillion' freckles, and purple wings set her apart from her peers. Willa Bean's unorthodox features don't bother her a whit (a welcome nod toward embracing difference), but something else does: she's starting class at Cupid Academy but hasn't learned how to fly. That Willa Bean will surmount this problem isn't in doubt, but Galante (The Summer of May) has fun getting there it's pretty easy to love a heroine who uses her unruly locks to store her snacks, as well as various treasures she finds in the clouds. The cupids' cutesy talk ('Nope, nope-ity, nope, nope, nope!') has a cartoony chirpiness that may test adults' patience, but Galante's sense of humor often hits the mark (after being called out for shouting when she has her climactic epiphany, 'Willa Bean lowered her voice to a whisper-scream'). Burgeoning solo readers should find it easy to identify with iconoclastic Willa Bean's foibles, exuberance, and school-day woes. Finished art not seen by PW. Ages 6 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
CECILIA GALANTE's YA novel, The Patron Saint of Butterflies,
was a Book Sense pick, the Northeast Indie Booksellers YA Book of the Year, and a Recommended Read for Teens on Oprah's Web site. She has also written The Sweetness of Salt, Wildwood,
and Hershey Herself.
KRISTI VALIANT has illustrated several children's books, including Cora Cooks Pancit and Dancing Dreams.