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Spiky Hardcover – Picture Book, July 1, 2019
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Ilaria Guarducci studied at the Nemo NT Academy of Digital Arts. Since 2012, she has worked as a freelance author and illustrator for various publishing houses and advertising agencies. She has written and/or illustrated seven children’s books. Spiky, published in Italy under the title Spino, was shortlisted for the Soligatto Award for Best Picture Book. Ilaria lives with her family in Prato, Italy. Learn more at www.ilariaguarducci.blogspot.com.
Laura Watkinson is an award-winning translator of books for young readers and adults. She translated Soldier Bear and Mikis and the Donkey, both by Bibi Dumon Tak and illustrated by Philip Hopman, and Mister Orange by Truus Matti, all of which won the Batchelder Award. Additionally, her Dutch-to-English translation of The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt won the Vondel Prize. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in a tall house on a canal in Amsterdam with her husband and two cats. Learn more at www.laurawatkinson.com.
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing Kids; Illustrated edition (July 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 36 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542040434
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542040433
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 720L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 2
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.87 x 1 x 10.23 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #818,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.