CARL and the meaning of life, Viking Children's Books, April 2, 2019
Carl is an earthworm.
He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: “Why?” Carl’s quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it’s not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.
A few early reviews…
“... shows how tiny organisms help to keep the natural world in balance in this inventive worm’s-eye view of the web of life.”
★ “… supported by fabulous illustrations… This spare but endearing story will help youngsters understand the wonder and interconnectedness of nature.”
—Booklist, starred review
★ "Even someone who does not like worms will fall in love with Carl… This is a wonderful book to spark a conversation… a must-have in all collections!"
– School Library Connections, starred review
”... Freedman adds the occasional sly touch of humor to this little ecological fable…."
—Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
”... inviting readers to think about how they, like the indomitable Carl, ‘help the earth.’"
—The Horn Book
Signed copies will be available at independent bookseller RJ Julia; pre-order personalized copies before 4/6.
Also available on 4/2 from Recorded Books, narrated by Adam Grupper, ISBN 9781980025108.