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Cress Watercress



by
Gregory Maguire
illustrated by
David Litchfield

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536211009
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A lavishly illustrated woodland tale with a classic sensibility and modern flair—from the fertile imagination behind Wicked.

Gregory Maguire turns his trademark wit and wisdom to an animal adventure about growing up, moving on, and finding community. When Papa doesn't return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It’s a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what’s left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone’s business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbors, and no Papa, ever be home? In the timeless spirit of E. B. White and The Wind and the Willows—yet thoroughly of its time—this read-aloud and read-alone gem for animal lovers of all ages features an unforgettable cast that leaps off the page in glowing illustrations by David Litchfield. This tender meditation on coming-of-age invites us to flourish wherever we find ourselves.

Full-color illustrations created digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 5

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Animal Stories (Tales)

Topics

Rabbits. Families. Animals. Home. Adventure. Neighbors. Community. Mothers and daughters. Disability.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-When Maguire (Wicked) and illustrator Litchfield merge their creative geniuses, a spectacular woodland adventure full of quirky animal characters emerges. Cress, the "teenage" bunny of the family, along with Mama, and baby brother Kip (with his ever in tow, stuffed carrot Rotty), are sad to leave their warren without their beloved missing Papa. They arrive at Mr. Owl's rotten tree, "The Broken Arms," and attempt to start over in a tiny basement flat. The woodland setting is visually stunning, with Litchfield's enchanting full-color illustrations, bringing the motley crew of animal characters to life. There's Lady Agatha Cabbage, the snooty chinchilla-wearing skunk and Tunk the Honeybear, and they must always watch out for "Final Drainpipe," the snake. Maguire is a master of telling a fast-moving adventure full of wry humor, with memorable multidimensional characters to cheer both for and against. Young Cress encounters heart-stopping dangers and adventures, while the creative duo of Maguire and Litchfield weave symbolism and beautiful imagery throughout the text. Cress will appeal to most readers, who will be able to identify with that awkward in-between time during one's youth when they are wishing for independence from their family, while still very much needing them for comfort. VERDICT Reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, this makes a scrumptious read-aloud or standalone story that will be beloved for years to come.-Michele Shaw

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-When Maguire (Wicked) and illustrator Litchfield merge their creative geniuses, a spectacular woodland adventure full of quirky animal characters emerges. Cress, the "teenage" bunny of the family, along with Mama, and baby brother Kip (with his ever in tow, stuffed carrot Rotty), are sad to leave their warren without their beloved missing Papa. They arrive at Mr. Owl's rotten tree, "The Broken Arms," and attempt to start over in a tiny basement flat. The woodland setting is visually stunning, with Litchfield's enchanting full-color illustrations, bringing the motley crew of animal characters to life. There's Lady Agatha Cabbage, the snooty chinchilla-wearing skunk and Tunk the Honeybear, and they must always watch out for "Final Drainpipe," the snake. Maguire is a master of telling a fast-moving adventure full of wry humor, with memorable multidimensional characters to cheer both for and against. Young Cress encounters heart-stopping dangers and adventures, while the creative duo of Maguire and Litchfield weave symbolism and beautiful imagery throughout the text. Cress will appeal to most readers, who will be able to identify with that awkward in-between time during one's youth when they are wishing for independence from their family, while still very much needing them for comfort. VERDICT Reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, this makes a scrumptious read-aloud or standalone story that will be beloved for years to come.-Michele Shaw

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