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Neville

by Norton Juster

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The wordsmith behind the classic children’s novel, The Phantom Tollbooth returns to picture books with another clever tale called Neville, this time focused on a young boy that has just moved to a new home. He is resentful of his parents’ decision and his lack of say in the matter, but after some prompting by his mom, he grudgingly decides to explore the neighborhood. As he walks, he begins to shout, “Neville! Neville!” Almost immediately several nearby children join him, determined to help him find this mysterious Neville. The search for Neville and all the questions his existence begets, endears the children of the neighborhood--and the reader, too--to this protagonist.
Anyone that has ever had to deal with the trials and tribulations of being “new,” will appreciate Neville and the cunning way the child protagonist is able to incorporate himself into his new community. Norton Juster is a master of recreating a childhood experience that is both unique and commonly shared. This universal appeal is complemented by G. Brian Karas’s illustrations, which have a lovely warmth, somehow simultaneously sketch-like but clean-lined, as spontaneous and as fun as the story itself.
Parents and teachers alike will want to share this with any child feeling anxious about a new home or school or who is having trouble making friends, while children will happily return to the search for Neville many times, despite knowing just where to find him. ( )
  ARQuay | Oct 20, 2013 |
The young narrator in ​Neville​ ​is lonely. The kind of lonely you can only be when you move into a new house, in a new town, and are preparing to start at a new school where all the kids will look at you, but none of them will talk to you. At his mother's urging, he takes a walk (because what else is there to do in a new town?) and discovers a unique way to make friends. A clever twist on a common theme. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 31, 2013 |
The young narrator in ​Neville​ ​is lonely. The kind of lonely you can only be when you move into a new house, in a new town, and are preparing to start at a new school where all the kids will look at you, but none of them will talk to you. At his mother's urging, he takes a walk (because what else is there to do in a new town?) and discovers a unique way to make friends. A clever twist on a common theme. ( )
  novalibrarymom | Mar 30, 2013 |
I liked this story about the difficulties of making new friends after a move. Karas does an excellent job with the illustrations. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Neville by Norton Juster.
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Summary:
This is a little bit of a mystery book. A young boy has just moved to a new town and is very sad. He thinks he will never make friends. He goes for a walk in his new neighborhood, and starts yelling the name “Neville”. A lot of kids from all over join in, and hope to find Neville. In the end you find out who Neville is, and the little boy has made a lot of friends in a very unique way.

Personal Reaction:
I absolutely love everything about this book. Even though it might be a little predictable to some people, I was surprised to find out who Neville was. I love the drawings in this book and all the different designs. I think it would be great to let kids know that it’s not hard to make new friends; you just have to step out.

Classroom extension Ideas:
1. If you ever get a new student in your class you could read this book. It might make the child feel welcome.
2. Have students draw their names in unique ways.
  AshleyWard | Feb 6, 2013 |
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011:Neville puts an inspired twist on the age-old challenge of making new friends.  Author Norton Juster, best known for The Phantom Tollbooth, uses a minimum of text to great effect, melding beautifully with G. Brian Karas's mixed media illustrations to tell the story. Neville begins with a boy sent by his mother out into their new neighborhood to "take a little walk down the block."  He’s not at all happy about the situation, but comes up with a brilliant idea that soon has all the neighborhood children rallied around him.  The enthusiasm and joy of their undertaking and the ease in which a unified effort can forge childhood friendships are spot-on.  The surprise ending invites gales of laughter and--fortunately--Neville is a book that can be read over and over again without losing the fun. --Seira Wilson

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When a boy and his family move to a new house, he devises an ingenious way to meet people in the neighborhood.

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