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So Few Of Me


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Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink series and the creator of the picture books The Dot and Ish. He also runs a production company, which creates animated educational materials. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.


K-Gr 3-Leo is a "busy lad"-so busy, in fact, that he wishes for a second Leo to share his chores. Just like that, another Leo appears-and another-and another. But instead of reducing his workload, all the extra Leos only seem to increase it. With so much personnel to manage, things eventually become complicated enough to justify a sixth Leo, who enters the picture as a kind of consultant-and who advises the others to bring in a seventh. The situation deteriorates from there, until-with 10 Leos running themselves ragged-the original lad ultimately concludes that efficiency and productivity are sometimes overrated. Reynolds's ink, watercolor, and tea illustrations begin spare and simple and get progressively more frantic as the book's population explodes. The story ends with a much more serene Leo, alone again, savoring his peace, quiet, and refreshingly uncluttered schedule. Consider this a solid supplemental purchase for collections with the space-and, of course, the time!-to spare.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"* "Intriguing and inviting... While there's an adult sensibility at work, the gentle humor and counting element tip the scales towards a child audience." Kirkus (USA) * "A very special book." The Times Educational Supplement on The Dot (9781844281695) * "A sophisticated book... for aspiring artists and deluded perfectionists of all ages." The Observer on Ish (9781844282968)"

Reynolds (Ish) creates a lighthearted yet insightful fable about the repercussions of overscheduled lives. The tale's opening line "Leo was a busy lad" appears opposite a picture of a blond boy diligently multitasking. No matter how hard he works, there is always more to do, so he decides to make a to-do list. Alas that list grows and grows, leading Leo to utter, "So few of me and so much to do. If only there were two of me." Immediately, there is a knock on the door, which Leo opens to find an identical replica of himself. The two find even more to do as do the subsequent Leos until there are 10 in all, "each one busier than the next." Though his conscientious clones announce there is no time to rest, exhausted Leo slips away to take a nap. Still savoring his naptime dream, Leo wonders, "What if I did less but did my best?" Rendered in watercolor, ink and tea, Reynolds's art provides a deft balance of spare pages and comically cluttered compositions, and gives the various Leos an entertaining array of facial expressions. An engaging and eye-opening tale for over-programmed kids and the adults who set their schedules. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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