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TOON LEVEL: 3
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 5+
READING LEVEL: Grades 2+
LEXILE LEVEL: 540
GUIDED READING LEVEL: N
AUTHOR: James Sturm
DIMENSIONS: 6" x 9"
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2016
About the Book
How much fun would it be to take over the world? Armadillo is trying to come up with a plan for global domination...but with every new idea, being a bad guy seems a little less fun. Young readers will delight in star cartoonist James Sturm‘s tender depiction of how far a true friendship can take you.
James Sturm drew cartoons and answered questions via live stream as a part of The New York Times Books live-drawing series. Click here to view the video! >>
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★★★ "The text perfectly captures the wildly creative narrative spirit in the play of imaginative children, who are not bound by logical rules and physical limitations...should win plenty of fans.”
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "Sturm’s deep story line gently teaches children the ways of friendship and compromise...VERDICT: An excellent addition."
--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"Captures the larger-than-life emotions and imaginations of these friends in crisply drafted cartoons as Machiavellian machinations give way to compromise."
"Whichever character’s side readers are on, they’ll appreciate this pitch-perfect push-and-pull between disagreeing parties—and it only gets better (and funnier and more surprising) when Ape comes up with his own plan."
--Horn Book Magazine
"Sturm’s large, vibrant panels are ideal for engaging young readers, and quirky details (is that an alligator in the sewer?) will ensure devoted contemplation."
"Simply but colorfully drawn with emotion-filled characters, young readers will thoroughly enjoy this cartoon story of Armadillo and Ape's friendship and where it takes them."
--School Library Connection
"Apes and armadillos! Magic! If you’re looking for a good friendship tale, this entry into the TOON Books oeuvre will hit the spot."
“If Ape and Armadillo can get along, then there’s hope for all of humanity."
--Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones
“A fantastical story for children, every page rich in giggles and gorgeously illustrated."
"Kids will love this graphic novel that touches on a situation very familiar to kids: the bossy friend who wants everything done his or her way."
--Mom Read It
Ape and Armadillo includes a special side series of adventures with our two friends at the bottom of every page!
Teacher's Guide: Creative Collaboration
Ape and Armadillo's teacher's guide focuses on creative collaboration, in the spirit of the book itself. Students partner up to concoct their own world domination plans, learning first-hand about teamwork and conflict resolution. Visit our Common Core Guides page for more free guides created by passionate literacy experts.
Also by James Sturm
Praise for Birdsong
"For all its simplicity, an episode rich in drama, humor, pathos, and thematic depth—with plenty of latitude for verbal embellishment."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"Sturm’s masterful grasp of the sequential art form is wonderfully on display here."
"Full of open-ended questions for readers to consider, it’s a haunting study in both empathy and storytelling itself."
About the Author
“One reason I make comics is to let my imagination run wild,” says James Sturm, coauthor of the best-selling “Adventures in Cartooning” series and author of Birdsong: A Story in Pictures, a TOON Book. “I don’t like people telling me what to draw, so I respect Armadillo for sticking to his vision. But what impresses me most is that Armadillo finds the strength to compromise when Ape’s friendship is at stake.”
Why an ape and an armadillo? “Visually, it’s interesting to have one character who’s really big and one who’s much smaller–I went with these two because Elephant and Piggie were already taken.”