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Written by the acclaimed author of The Phantom Tollbooth, this is a simply told story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime, and is sure to be a hit among fans of Juster, Karas, and anyone who is "the new kid on the block."
Audience: "Ages 4-8"--P. [2] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2011]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780375867651
Branch Call Number: JP Juste
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Karas, G. Brian


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nypl_morningside_heights May 12, 2014

Fun book to read, I had the children say Neville with me.

SPL_Kids Sep 20, 2012

“Nobody had asked him about moving. They’d just told him. So now he had a new house where he’d never feel at home. And a new school where nobody knew him. And, of course, there were no friends. That was the worst part, no friends.”
After a long car trip, a boy and his parents have finally reached their new home. The boy’s mother sends him out into the neighbourhood to meet some children. After walking slowly for about a block, the boy takes a deep breath and begins to call out a mysterious name: “NEVILLE, NEVILLE.” Soon, he’s joined by lots of curious children who help him to call, all the while wondering who “Neville” is and where he could be. The children start to ask the boy questions: “Does Neville have brothers? Sisters? Pets?” “Is he nice?” “Does he play ball?” “Would he come to sleepovers?” “Does he like to read?”
As the boy answers their questions, the children all decide that they would like Neville very much if they could find him. For quite some time, they look for him without success. Then they resolve to meet with the boy the next morning at the same place to look again. No longer lonely, the boy returns home and greets his mother – and only then does the reader learn Neville’s true identity.
Norton Juster’s clever and reassuring story makes good usage of illustration and colour to enhance its message. As the boy meets more and more children and feels less lonely, the stark white houses of his new neighbourhood become much more colourful and friendly-looking.

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SPL_Kids Sep 20, 2012

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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