The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs

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Fairytale of ancient elfin magic about a wonderful garden and its inhabitants.

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Fairytale of ancient elfin magic about a wonderful garden and its inhabitants.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756909604
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 38
  • Sales rank: 485,534
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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William Joyce

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.

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