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When Edgar Met Cecil

by Kevin Luthardt

Moving to a new home is hardeven when you’re a robot.

When Edgar’s family moves to a new town, everything seems strange and scary. The kids look different. They dress weird. They listen to bizarre music. They eat strange food. And the biggest, weirdest looking kid keeps staring at Edgar. What does he want? As Edgar soon learns, sometimes you have to rise above your fears to make a new friend. And sometimes that friend may be the last person—or alien—you’d expect.

Kevin Luthardt utilizes his highly expressive, comical, full-color illustrations and minimal text to poignantly and humorously dramatize this tale of friendship found in unexpected places.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN:  978-1-56145-706-9
Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 1.9
GRL: G, Gr 1
Lexile: AD420L
Themes: Expectations and Assumptions, Fears, Making New Friends, Moving
BISAC 1: JUV056000 JUVENILE FICTION / Robots
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039090 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / New Experience

Reviews

“This far-out lesson in making friends understands that to the new kid in school, everyone is going to seem scary and weird.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This is a sweet picture book with simple, straightforward text, and the vibrant, cartoonlike acrylic images will appeal to young readers, one-on-one or in a group.” ―School Library Journal

“Bright and zany illustrations add an additional fun dimension to a scary situation. The outlandish illustrations show that looking different is a two way street and that meeting new people can be quite entertaining.” ―Boys and Literacy

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“Kids, big and little, and especially those that have had to go to a new school, will love Edgar Met Cecil. Kids that had to move to a new town, even if not on a new planet, will also enjoy Edgar Met Cecil. Friendship is good, and if a robot and an alien came become friends, then so can a new kid.” ―Kid Lit

“This is a great book about friendship and first impressions. We’ve all been there: the new place – do we fit in, and those kids…they are so different from me. It’s about letting go of preconceived notions and, in a subtle way, diversity. And the illustrations are so fun.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

“Luthardt takes an issue that can be a big one for children, puts a twist on it, and turns it into a delightful read for parents and children.” ―Tolivers to Texas

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Kevin Luthardt is the author-illustrator of several books, including Larabee, Peep! and Flying! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He lives in Illinois. You can visit his website here.