Tiny & Hercules
Tiny & Hercules
Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432536, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
Another gem from Amy Schwartz just as "charming and hilariously understated*" as ever. (*New York Times)
Five fast and funny chapters of the lives of two rather unusual friends: Tiny, an elephant with a fear of ice skating and a newfound love of knitting, and Hercules, a mouse with a heart of gold and a desire to learn to paint. As different as can be, somehow together they make the perfect team. Young readers setting out on their own with books will cheer for this funny and touching duo.
“Tiny, an elephant, and Hercules, a mouse, are best friends. Like all friends, sometimes they take turns suggesting what to do and manage to surmount their differing sizes and skills.” —The Chicago Tribune
“Five brief episodes tell how the pals take turns helping each other out, and Schwartz’s clear, colorful drawings on white backgrounds offer plenty of assistance to newly independent readers.” —Horn Book
“Even the most sidesplitting moments in these stories are secondary to the touching portrait of a devoted friendship.” —School Library Journal
“The chaptery approach makes this inviting as a readalone or a serial readaloud, and illustratively inclined kids will appreciate the art-dependent conclusions of some of the stories.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This friendly cousin of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Dog and Bear (2007) is filled with understated humor and even-tempered loyalty.” —Kirkus Reviews