Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of Calvin and Hobbes and Dr. Seuss comes a new story of unlikely friendship.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a humongous and hairy giant named Wilfred. Whenever people saw him, they ran away, which made life very lonely for Wilfred. That is, until he found himself in a rather unusual town where one brave little boy saw something special in the timid giant. So begins a story of friendship and sacrifice that will remind readers just how important one voice no matter how small can be.
In this moving debut, Ryan Higgins shows his knack for blending humor and heart, and gives Lorax fans an unforgettable new hero.
"Displaying a judicious sense of comedy and drama, Higgins (Twaddleton's Cheese) has crafted a lovely (and hirsute) fable about friendship and sacrifice. Wilfred is the quintessential lonely monster, a 'humongous and hairy' creature who comes upon a town where everyone is bald. One brave boy becomes Wilfred's friend, giving Higgins multiple opportunities to have fun with Wilfred's athletic, intellectual, and artistic talents. But when the townspeople realize that Wilfred's shaggy coat could be the solution to yet another winter with freezing pates, they play a nasty trump card: 'If he wanted to visit he'd have to stop being big... or to stop being hairy. Since Wilfred couldn't stop being big... the only thing left for him to do was to stop being hairy.' It takes a blizzard for the townspeople to realize that Wilfred possesses a heart equal to his behemoth stature. Higgins's distinctively sculptural drawing style the characters have the dimensional feel and expressive features of puppets gives the story added emotional weight, and its sense of energy will keep readers turning the pages. Ages 3 5. Agent: Elana Roth, Red Tree Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!
When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It's a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?
From the creators of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo comes this touching tale of adventure and friendship. With vibrant illustrations and rhymes that are both playful and lyrical, here is a story that shows us that even the smallest creatures can help others in a big way.
About the Author
Ryan Higgins grew up in Southern Maine and has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology. After a year in the Arizona desert, he is now back with his family and ready to work on even more projects.