July 2012 Indie Next List
“Ruby Small and her three identical dolls, each named Jennifer, feel uneasy with life in a home where dad sculpts topiaries and mom designs tiaras for the family business, Sprigs & Sparkles. A misunderstanding leads to a family vacation in Norway. When an adoring, newly calved glacier insists on following them home, Ruby learns that being different isn't really a bad thing, especially when someone loves you very, very much.”
— Stacie M. Williams, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
In a starred review Publishers Weekly raves: "It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that."
Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and illustrator extraordinaire Giselle Potter team up to create an indescribably unique picture book about wanting to be normal, then coming to appreciate being different. Ruby would love to be like everyone else—not easy when you have a tiara-wearing mother and a father who spends his time trimming outrageous topiary. She'd also like to get a nice normal pet, maybe a dog. Then, on a family vacation to Norway, she finds herself adopted by a small, affectionate glacier. How Cecil, as the ice pet is named, proves himself to Ruby—risking his own meltdown—is a story sure to thrill and delight young readers.
About the Author
Matthea Harvey is the author of "Sad Little Breathing Machine" and "Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form," She is a contributing editor at "jubilat" and "Bomb," and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn.
Giselle Potter is the author and illustrator of "The Year I Didn't Go to School, " which is based upon her travels around Italy with her family's theater troupe at age seven. She is also the illustrator of "The Brave Little Seamstress" and "Kate and the Beanstalk, " both by Mary Pope Osborne, "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth" by Patricia C. McKissack, and "Gabriella's Song" by Candace Fleming. Ms. Potter lives in Rosendale, New York.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2012:
“It’s an avant-garde, surrealist story with a Hollywood-style tearjerker lurking within—
and a surprisingly charming and affecting one at that.”