Cecil the Pet Glacier

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Cecil the Pet Glacier

By Matthea Harvey; Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375867736, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

In a starred review "Publishers Weekly" raves: "It's an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that."
Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciate being different. Ruby would love to be like everyone else not easy when you have a tiara-wearing mother and a father who spends his time trimming outrageous topiary. She'd also like to get a nice normal pet, maybe a dog. Then, on a family vacation to Norway, she finds herself adopted by a small, affectionate glacier. How Cecil, as the ice pet is named, proves himself to Ruby risking his own meltdown is a story sure to thrill and delight young readers.

About the Author
MATTHEA HARVEY is the author of several books of poetry, including "Modern Life, " a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a "New York Times" Notable Book. Other books include a storybook called "The Little General and the Giant Snowflake" and an illustrated erasure, "Of Lamb." Matthea teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at mattheaharvey.com.

GISELLE POTTER's children's books include, most recently, "The Orphan" by Anthony Manna and Christadoula Mitakadou; "The Boy Who Loved Words" by Roni Schotter, a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner; "Kate and the Beanstalk" by Mary Pope Osborne, a "Publishers Weekly" and "School Library Journal "Best Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; and "The Big Box" by Toni Morrison. She also wrote and illustrated two autobiographical picture books, "The Year I Didn't Go to School" and "Chloe's Birthday and Me." Giselle lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters. Visit her at GisellePotter.com.

Praise For Cecil the Pet Glacier

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2012:
“It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—
and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that.”