Debate. French film club. Bagpipes. Can Andrew do it all? From the award-winning creator of The Most Magnificent Thing comes a book about an charming chickadee who learns – with the help of a “deer” friend - that busy isn’t always better.
Andrew loves putting on plays so he decides to join the drama club at school. Determined to make his performance the best it can be, he joins the debate club to practice his public speaking. He signs up for dance and karate to help with his coordination. Then he's asked to play for the tennis team and edit the school newspaper. Before long he's learning to play the bagpipes, attending Spanish classes and joining the French film club. Suddenly Andrew doesn't have time for anything or anyone else, not even his best friend Edie. And he definitely doesn't have time to sleep. Will Andrew figure out how to balance all his favorite activities and his best friend at the same time? A hilarious look at over-scheduling, a common issue many kids today face.
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of numerous funny books for children including The Most Magnificent Thing and the Binky the Space Cat series, was born and raised in BC with eight cats and a dog. After spending some time living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she has returned to the BC life, living in Ladner with three cats, one dog and a man. When she is not running or bike riding or over-scheduling herself, she makes children's books, many of which have won numerous awards, including Ontario's Silver Birch Express, the Atlantic Province's Hackmatack, Saskatchewan's Shining Willow and BC's Chocolate Lily Award. Visit Ashley at her website www.ashleyspires.com or follow her on twitter: @ashleyspires The author lives in Delta, BC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Andrew likes to improve his performance, so while in the drama club the ball starts rolling and pretty soon, he can’t even keep his eyes open. Andrew may be an over achiever, but he sure is a cute little bird, and my favorite a chickadee. You can almost see how one thing leads to another and on and on. The drawings are adorable and nicely colored for a youngster's eye, and the prose and right to the point and then we turn the page. There are lessons here for both parents and youngsters, and they are really nicely presented. I recommend this read, if you a youngster that is in to everything and wanting more, this story shows how there is no time just to be a kid. I received this book through The Library Thing, and was not required to give a positive review.
This book is very timely. Many families and children find themselves over-scheduled and busy with not enough time for what is really important (family, friends, relaxation etc.). Andrew loves to act so he joins the drama club at school. He then starts joining other clubs to help with his acting skills. Other people start asking him to do things and he can not say no. Andrew finds himself so busy that he can not keep things straight or stay awake. This message of being able to say no as well as to pick one or two things you really enjoy is very important in this day and age. Children will learn that they can not do everything and need to make choices about how to spend their time. I love the illustrations. They were simple yet conveyed the messages clearly with great facial expressions. I recommend this book be in all school, classroom, public and family libraries. A simple story with a great message. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.