Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs

Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs

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by William Joyce
     
 

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The brave good bugs march off to save the garden . . .

First, they must fight the evil Spider Queen . . .

Before summoning the Leaf Men to save the day . . .

But what about the mystery of the Long-Lost Toy?

Here is ancient elfin magic, epic adventure, and a bugle salute to the power of memory, loyalty and love as resounding as Robin Hood's call to his Merry

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Overview

The brave good bugs march off to save the garden . . .

First, they must fight the evil Spider Queen . . .

Before summoning the Leaf Men to save the day . . .

But what about the mystery of the Long-Lost Toy?

Here is ancient elfin magic, epic adventure, and a bugle salute to the power of memory, loyalty and love as resounding as Robin Hood's call to his Merry Men!

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Publishers Weekly
A troop of tiny doodle bugs try to take on the evil Spider Queen to save an elderly woman's garden and call on the Leaf Men to help. "Joyce's characteristically offbeat and occasionally eerie illustrations carry the day," wrote PW. Ages 3-8. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Although set in an ordinary suburban garden, this is a highly unusual story about a brigade of doodle bugs fighting against the Spider Queen and rescued by the Leaf Men, who are tiny Robin Hood-like characters with shoots growing out of their heads and capes made of leaves. The characters come to action when the grandmother, who owns the garden, falls ill and the mysterious Long-Lost Toy speaks for the first time. The illustrations depict this magical world very realistically, and all of the characters, no matter how bizarre, are extremely earnest. We learn that "The garden is a miraculous place," but we also learn that imagination is a wonderful talent in the hands of a gifted storyteller and artist. Ultimately, this story is too original to paraphrase;the only possible comparisons are Joyce's earlier picture books or the works of David Wiesner. 2001 (orig. 1996), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $6.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer:Seth Berg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064438179
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Harper Trophy Books
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
888,478
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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