This unique, award-winning picture book delves into the mind of a young boy who is afraid of starting school.
Summer is nearly over. The old aunts have come to visit, and autumn is in the air. Everything is ready for Garmann's first day of school, but he is still nervous. And he can't believe that he hasn't lost a single tooth yet, despite his best efforts!
Stian Hole has created a memorable and endearing character in Garmann, whose musings about fear and courage, life and death, beginnings and endings, help him understand that everyone is scared of something.
Published in ten languages, Garmann's Summer
was the recipient of the 2007 BolognaRagazzi Award, one of the most prestigious international prizes for excellence in children's book publishing, awarded each year in conjunction with the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
United States Board on Books for Young People, Outstanding International Books (2009)
American Library Association, Batchelder Award Honor Book (2009)
The New York Public Library and The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award (2009)
Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBC Choices (2009)
German Youth Literature Prize, Nominee (2010)
About.com, Best Children's Books of 2008
Booklist, Starred Review
"In a feat of deceptive simplicity, Hole has crafted an elegant, fanciful, wholly poetic exploration of the nature of fear and the strength and hope required to conquer it."
"A great choice for helping kids to confront their fears and realize that everyone gets scared sometimes."
"Stian Hole is an author from Norway who uses unusual collages of images, assembled from photographs and other art, to produce beautifully suggestive illustrations. . . Young readers may find it easy to empathize with Garmann's situation; adults may be equally entranced by the surreally wry graphics."
Fuse #8 Production (blog)
"Like nothing you've ever read before, this is the very definition of a beautiful children's picture book. Highly recommended. "