Sunny Boy! (Hardcover)

The Life and Times of a Tortoise

By Candace Fleming, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374372972, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2005

List Price: 16.99*
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I have always longed for the quiet life. So begins Sunny Boy’s tale. As a young tortoise, he enjoys a peaceful life – inhaling the sweet smell of orchids, reciting Latin, licking stamps – year after quiet year. But fate twists, and our hero falls into the hands of Biff the Brave, an accident-prone performer of daredevil deeds. When Biff attempts his most dangerous stunt – going over Niagara Falls in a barrel – the shy and retiring Sunny Boy is suddenly swept into history’s limelight. This wild, funny tale is based on the story of an actual tortoise who went over the falls. Exuberant watercolors full of witty details add to this celebration of the adventurous spirit that resides in us all.

About the Author

Candace Fleming's award-winning picture books include "Boxes for Katje," a "Publishers Weekly "Best Book. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Anne Wilsdor's charming pictures can be found in "Alligator Sue "by Sharon Arms Doucet. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Praise For Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise

"Captivating. Sunny Boy makes an engaging narrator indeed. This will delight both active and armchair daredevils." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Sunny Boy has staying power and an engaging disposition, and ultimately he finds his placid, well-deserved bliss." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"This rollicking romp represents a wonderful marriage of text and illustration. Wacky and sure to elicit a giggle, this one is a winner." -- School Library Journal

"Kids...will whoop over the silliness and derring-do." -- Booklist