The leaf man and the brave good bugs book
Splendour in the Grass | 32 PagesWilliam Edward Joyce born December 11, is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. His illustrations have appeared on numerous covers of The New Yorker and his paintings are displayed nationwide. Joyce is currently working on a series of novels and picture books, The Guardians of Childhood , consisting of a total of 13 books. Also, he is a descendant of James Joyce , one of Ireland's most prominent writers. Joyce has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie , an animated series based on his series of children's books that aired on the Disney Channel. In , after Joyce and Ice Age director Chris Wedge failed to adapt one of Joyce's books to the screen, Santa Calls , they both came up with the idea for the animated film Robots Besides being one of the creators, Joyce also served as a producer and production designer.
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The Garden is a miraculous place, and anything can happen on a beautiful moonlit night. If summoned by the Brave Good Bugs, Leaf Men might swoop down from the trees, shoot a spider queen through the heart with an arrow made of thistle, save the life of an old lady and tend the garden. It could happen. My list includes illustrators, and William Joyce has long been a charter member of this small group of artists who wander through the visual reference library in my brain, hanging and re-hanging paintings, tweeking the database, adding something new to the permanent collection every now and then. The only requirement is a comfortable chair and a big bowl of buttered popcorn.
A few weeks ago I saw a feature on William Joyce and decided to buy some of his books for my young nieces and nephews. The first one that arrived was The Leaf Men , which I had to order used in hardcover, as it is older. It is written for a young child and is a simple story about the brave bugs who climb to the top of a tree to summon the leaf men in an attempt to save a dying garden and an old woman. One of the things that attracted me to the book was the huge man in the moon on the cover, which was one of my favorite childhood images. This is a lovely book. I think it is readily available new in paperback, but it is easy to find good used copies of the hardcover edition online. An animated movie called Rise of the Guardians was made from this series in
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The brave good bugs march off to save the garden. First, they must fight the evil Spider Queen. Here is ancient elfin magic, epic adventure, and a bugle salute to the power of memory, loyalty and love as resounding as Robin Hood's call to his Merry Men! William Joyce's previous children's books, especially Dinosaur Bob and A Day With Wilbur Robinson , have delighted kid-kids and grown-up-kids alike with their strange, stylish illustrations and their slightly warped sensibility. In his latest book, The Leaf Men , things get even stranger, as the reader is plunged into the teeming mysterious world of an old woman's garden.