Know someone with a bad case of the bathrobe blues? For one lonely soul, an anonymous note changes everything - and shows that a little love can go a long way.
Poor Rat, his friends haven’t called in ages. He sits in his bathrobe all day and does nothing but sip cold tea. Then a mysterious letter arrives in a bright yellow envelope, and everything changes. Wonderfully detailed, childlike artwork brightens this wry little tale of an act of friendship that uplifts one lonely soul - and soon has a whole community feeling its happy effects.
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Anthony France, who has published three books for children in the U.K., works as a public relations executive. He says, "I found the idea of a little rat suffering from the bathrobe blues an irresistible start to the story. The rest was based on a friend’s real-life experience. Many of my stories are about getting along with friends and neighbors, and FROM ME TO YOU shows how we have to work at our friendships and not take them for granted."
Tiphanie Beeke has illustrated books and greeting cards and has worked as an interior designer for children. She says, "What I love about illustrating is being able to create an imaginary world on paper, and From Me to You gave me a great opportunity to do that. I love the texture and color I see in nature and hope to capture some of it in my paintings."
K-Gr. 1. Rat can't shake his blues. One morning, though, his mopey routine is interrupted by the arrival of an anonymous letter: "I think you are very special." Bursting with new energy, he roams the neighborhood trying to track down the author, reconnecting with all of his chums in the process. Soon Rat guesses that his friends have arranged this little mystery to get him up and about, and he adopts their methods to "treat" the bad mood of Bat, who goes from sulky to effervescent in a twinkling. Whether applied to the sun-drenched scenes of happy times or the gray-tinged disarray of a shut-in's bedroom, the smudged, mottled watercolors communicate utter spontaneity from a few simple shapes and dabbed details. Her newly cheerful Bat, fanged, smiling, and looking sharp in a dapper suit, is particularly winning. A welcome prescription for gloom, this will help little ones feel less alone during their own bouts with the blahs. Jennifer Mattson
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