Small Character, Big Questions

I’m so grateful for these early reviews of Carl and the Meaning of Life, coming soon from Viking Children’s books on April 2, 2019!

© Deborah Freedman 2019

© Deborah Freedman 2019

“... shows how tiny organisms help to keep the natural world in balance in this inventive worm’s-eye view of the web of life.”
Publishers Weekly

★ “This book is a poignant example of the important contributions of even the smallest creature, but it’s better than that—it’s a science lesson as well. Freedman subtly explains the delicate balance of nature and each creature’s role in maintaining it. Carl is an endearing protagonist.”
School Library Journal, starred review

★ “… 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

“… celebrates the interconnectedness of all creatures, including the reader… just in time for garden encounters.”
—Kirkus Reviews

... 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


I’ll be signing books at RJ Julia (on April 6) and Books of Wonder (April 20). Available for pre-order NOW.