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Spiky Kindle Edition
“Published originally in Italy and newly translated, this quirky self-discovery story features a descriptive, fairy tale–like narrative…Guarducci's vibrant, cartoonish illustrations incorporate some comical touches, like Spiky wearing pink slippers at home, which kids might chuckle over. Spiky’s initial over-the-top maliciousness may potentially upset younger ones, though his transformation ultimately offers a positive message about kindness and what it means to have—and be—a friend.” —Booklist
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This quirky book, originally published in Italy, has the perfect combination of heart and humor. Author/illustrator Ilaria Guarducci creates a lively anthropomorphized world that oozes with charming details (don’t miss those pink slippers!). And I just love the expressions on Spiky’s face as he goes from bold and prickly to vulnerable and real. As Spiky learns, being a friend means letting other people get close. That can be a little scary at first. But ultimately, it is a very, very good feeling to be a friend, isn’t it?
- Marilyn Brigham, Editor
- ASIN : B07DHPSW9T
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing Kids (July 1, 2019)
- Publication date : July 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5875 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 36 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,368 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- Spiky is very very bad. Also, he’s covered in spikes.
- All of Spiky’s spikes fall out.
- His identity gone, Spiky struggles with who to be and what to do next.
- A bunny befriends Spiky and introduces him to the more enjoyable aspects of life.
- Spiky’s spikes regrow.
- Spiky questions his identity and decides it’s better to live a good life.
The story is a good one, although the illustrations could have been better.
The problem is that when describing Spiky’s bad behavior, the author gets a little too graphic:
- Spiky pulls the wings off of butterflies. (not depicted)
- He captures birds in glass jars. (depicted)
- He pricks holes in the snail’s shells. (not depicted)
Surely there could have been a better way to show that Spiky was bad without resorting to outright animal cruelty and torture. It’s a real pity, because the moral is good and the story is intriguing - it’s not often a child’s book explores issues of identity.
The rest of the story was a good example of how someone can turn around their life, regardless of a seemingly predestined route. Let's think of kiddos whose parents are pieces of #%$^ for a moment. Those children might fall into the trap of thinking that's how their life is supposed to be, and that they, too, must be a dreg of society. One change in life, or a positive influence, can reroute that destiny. I feel this book illustrates that possibility.
Could the book have skipped the wing picking and the hole poking? Sure. But . . . wasn't a witch in one of our most beloved tales going to cook children and instead got cooked herself, and another saw a stepmother instructing her stepdaughter's heart to be cut out, or how about the witch poisoning a young girl with an apple, or the wolf who ate the grandmother? And those were the toned-down-for-children versions.
I would not hesitate to read this book to groups of kindergarteners and up. Sometimes older children like picture books as well. While Spiky is a despicable character, children themselves, know despicable characters. They may even sometimes feel like they are despicable. It is interesting that it offers a bully who becomes sympathetic.
This story offers a look inside of the sad and the mean. Then there is loss and then there is redemption. Children know these concepts.