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Alfie (The Turtle That Disappeared)


(The Turtle That Disappeared)


Price: $15.54

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  • Publication Date: October 3, 2017
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 9781683350941
  • Page Count: 48
  • Illustrations: full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

An ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book
“A charming story of the bond between child and pet.” ―Booklist
STARRED REVIEW *“Beautiful, expressive watercolor illustrations . . . A journey about what it means to be a child with a new pet.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Discover the friendship between a girl and her turtle—from both points of view—in this award-winning picture book that celebrates the relationship between a child and a pet.

Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. But he’s not very soft, he doesn’t do tricks, and he’s pretty quiet. Sometimes she forgets he’s even there—that is, until the night before her seventh birthday, when . . . Alfie disappears!

Where did he go? And why? Nia can’t say . . . but Alfie can. This is his story, and the narrative switches to Alfie’s perspective, as the brave turtle goes on the hunt for the perfect gift for Nia’s birthday.

He explores the house, encountering the family dog, then ventures out onto the fire escape, down into the yard, and through a sandbox until he grows cold and tired. A friendly snail suggests that Alfie take a nap in the pond in the yard.

Young readers will see the passage of time through the change in seasons from fall to winter and then spring in colorful illustrations. Alfie wakes up from his nap and emerges from the pond in time to celebrate what Alfie believes is Nia’s seventh birthday. Readers will delight to see the two reunited and will notice that it is, actually, Nia’s eighth birthday, as the number indicates on her birthday balloon.

Parents and their children will embrace this warm, colorful, and funny picture book that celebrates friendship, even when the friends see the relationship—and the world—very differently.

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About the author

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising.  She lives in Brooklyn.