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Truman by [Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins]

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* "The just right....Peaceful and pensive like Truman himself, this book charms; there's just something uplifting and wonderful about the whole package. Never underestimate the feats an animal will brave in order to be reunited with their loved ones." (Kirkus Reviews - starred review April 2019)

"The smallness of Truman’s world makes his expedition appropriately daunting—and funny—as he makes his way out of his tank and toward the door....Observational humor, clear affection between Truman and Sarah, and bold adventure make this a memorable pet-owner love story." (Publisher's Weekly April 22, 2019)

"Truman’s seemingly small accomplishment will give readers and viewers cause to celebrate and appreciate the things they achieve every day, no matter the size." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books June 2019)

“Utterly heartwarming ... Children will be eager to hear what their pets go through while they’re away at school, and the uplifting story of friendship and bravery will satisfy widely. Using gouache, brush marker, charcoal, and colored pencil, Cummins has rendered in Truman a character so indisputably adorable that, coupled with Reidy’s soulful characterization, he will have readers of all ages falling in love." (Booklist June 1, 2019)

* "Charming and humorous illustrations...Tiny Truman is endearing and his adoration, concern, and determination are reflected on his little face. VERDICT A heartwarming tale of devotion that will be enjoyed by children and their adults." (School Library Journal - starred review July 2019)

"At the heart of this story, paralleling a child’s own first journey into the unknown that is school, is the affectionate relationship between Sarah and Truman...and there’s much humor and drama in Truman’s exertions. Cummins’s relaxed-line, mixed-media illustrations bring the family’s cozy world to life, and the occasional use of a larger, bolder font emphasizes the heroics needed for Truman’s journey. This little creature has big courage, something to which small humans can relate." (The Horn Book September/October 2019)

"An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism and undying devotion....Cummins's delectable art captures the warm, witty heart of the story." (The New York Times Book Review August 18, 2019)

"Jean Reidy captures the vastness of the world and the courage required to sally this sweet tale of valor, affection, and enterprise." (The Wall Street Journal August 2019)

About the Author

When Jean Reidy was a kid, she was a reader, a writer, a poet, and a dreamer. She’s happy to still be that kid at heart. Her bestselling and award-winning picture books have earned their spots as favorites among readers and listeners of all ages and from all over the world. Jean writes from her home in Colorado where she lives right across the street from her neighborhood library. Visit her online at

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and art director of children’s books. She has been happily paired with Jean Reidy for Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She also is the author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of AnimalsStumpkin; and Vampenguin. When she was little, she had a pet spider in the shed where her dad kept the lawnmower. Every day little Lucy caught flies and placed them in her spider’s web at mealtimes. Lucy was born in Montreal, raised in upstate New York, and lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07MGS7P59
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 9, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 9, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 17602 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok story, cute art
By Michael A Higgins on July 6, 2020
The biggest problem with this story is the weak climatic turning point when Truman goes from being a unsettled turtle to a brave one. The “!” & flower are random and don’t make sense to me. Other sentences also don’t make sense - “And the arm of the couch...” - when describing Truman traveling across the living room. It’s a very simple story that young children will likely understand. The illustrations are pretty cute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 4yr Old Son is in Love with Truman!
By Jenna Waldman on December 23, 2019
My 4 yr old son and I both have a soft spot for cute, lovable characters, and Truman is now one of our favorites. The story and illustration work perfectly together to deliver a hard to resist story. Truman, a little tortoise, must put on his brave face, and muster the courage to find his human. Watching him through this journey makes my heart melt. My son likes to imitate the Truman's facial expressions and guess how he's feeling. Bring this book home, and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CUTEST Book
Reviewed in Canada on January 22, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story that everyone can enjoy
Reviewed in Canada on January 25, 2020
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