The Shy Creatures
The Shy Creatures
Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312367947, 48pp.
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
What does a shy girl want to be when she grows up? A doctor, but not just any doctor—this little girl wants to care for creatures who may seem intimidating, but are really very shy, just like she is.
David Mack’s extraordinary picture book debut is perfect to read aloud with creatures little and big, shy and outgoing, who believe in the magic of imagination.
David Mack is the creator, author, and artist of the critically acclaimed Kabuki graphic novels, which Spin magazine describes as “dazzling.” Called “One of the geniuses of the medium,” by Entertainment Weekly, his innovative work in comics has garnered nominations for six Eisner Awards (America’s most prestigious comics award), four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey Award and the Kirby Award for Best New Talent.
The Shy Creatures marks David Mack’s picture book debut.
Praise for Shy Creatures: “Kabuki’s David Mack
Certainly has the knack
When it comes to the paint and a brush.
But for a great family feature
Check out The Shy Creatures
His kids’ book that would make Dr. Seuss gush!”
“Just smart enough for parents (you’ve gotta love a kid’s book that uses the chupacabra!) but gross and goofy enough to appeal to kids. The oddball monsters, and rhymes that incorporate things like “alien boogers” and Bigfoot stubbing his toe, had our 5-year-old giggling the whole way through, and asking for an immediate encore.” —Fort-Worth Star-Telegram
“. . . a winsome picture book about a shy girl who wants to grow up to treat shy monsters.” —Cincinnati Enquirer
“David Mack’s first picture book has a Dr. Seuss feel with rhyming narrative, whimsical illustrations and delightful characters.” —Wichita Eagle
“Throughout, the spreads are dominated by the creatures, who are deliciously scary and funny at the same time . . . Children will likely respond enthusiastically to the flight-of-fancy theme, appealing rhyme, and whimsical art in this promising picture-book debut by the well-known graphic novelist.” —School Library Journal
“In his debut children’s book, comics artist Mack has huge fun with legendary monsters, celebrating the grotesque in a rhyming text and glossy, colorful double-page-spread pictures . . . The weird and the gross are a big part of the fun . . . as is the little girl’s fantasy of power and acceptance.” —Booklist
“With his debut picture book, The Shy Creatures, [Mack] breaks new ground creating a Seussical bit of fantasy that is firmly set in the 21st century. This is one of those delightful and fun books that is also very smart and thus will appeal to anyone who can appreciate witty absurdity . . . Quite simply, The Shy Creatures is the perfect sort of reading aloud book for boys and girls alike. The shy girl is plucky and endearing, the monsters are more confused than ferocious and Mack’s artwork is the definition of whimsy. Consider this one impossible to resist and introduce your children to the latest in all the good that a story can be.” —Eclectica
“The art is in a style that children will enjoy, it’s bright, cartoony, and fun. The story is entertaining and has a fantastic message. As a shy creature myself growing up, this book would have meant a lot to me.” —Janelle Siegel, Newsarama.com
“People who are shy—or know a very shy child—will appreciate this book. It’s humorous, has interesting, colorful illustrations including pen-and-ink, watercolor and collage. The Shy Creatures is good for any age or grade, though it reads at a level for a very young child. My five-year-old enjoyed it. This would make a beautiful gift for your favorite child, shy or not.” —Armchair Interviews