Debate. French film club. Bagpipes. Can Andrew do it all? From the award-winning creator of The Most Magnificent Thing comes a book about an charming chickadee who learns – with the help of a “deer” friend – that busy isn’t always better.
Andrew loves putting on plays so he decides to join the drama club at school. Determined to make his performance the best it can be, he joins the debate club to practice his public speaking. He signs up for dance and karate to help with his coordination. Then he’s asked to play for the tennis team and edit the school newspaper. Before long he’s learning to play the bagpipes, attending Spanish classes and joining the French film club. Suddenly Andrew doesn’t have time for anything or anyone else, not even his best friend Edie. And he definitely doesn’t have time to sleep. Will Andrew figure out how to balance all his favorite activities and his best friend at the same time? A hilarious look at over-scheduling, a common issue many kids today face.
Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of numerous funny books for children including the Binky the Space Cat series, was born and raised in BC with eight cats and a dog. After spending some time living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she… More about Ashley Spires
Hardcover | $16.99
Published by Tundra Books Jan 12, 2016| 32 Pages| 10-1/2 x 8-1/2| 4-8 years| ISBN 9781770494848
“Andrew’s interests threaten to get the better of him in this tongue-in-cheek take on an all-too-common plight […] For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they’re not made out to be at fault.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Spires uses levity to explore valid lessons that are typically seen as counterintuitive to a lot of children’s books: Sometimes, it’s OK to say no. Sometimes it’s necessary to give up and call it quits. At an age where children are learning what they are capable of, it’s equally important for them to recognize their limits.” —The National Post
“The story is fast paced but funny. The illustrations include comical details that are great to look at. This is yet another fantastic book by Ashley Spires.” —The Caterpillar Corner (blog)