Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley
  

Synopsis

Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley

How do you say goodbye to your best friend?

When a little hedgehog's family tells her they're moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it's hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.

Reviews

Praise for Before I Leave

A sweet and tender moving story that makes a fine addition to most collections. School Library Journal, starred review

While the mood is mostly melancholy, the subtly textured watercolors and expressiveness of these two friends should persuade readers that this connection won t fade with distance. More reassurance comes from the visual playfulness Bagley incorporates throughout the book, starting on the title page, when readers see the friends fishing from a bridge: Zelda has a conventional pole and line, while Aaron uses his very, very long tongue. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Jessixa Bagley (Boats for Papa) has a knack for getting to the heart of things with very few words, and her winsome watercolor illustrations, with the finest of lines (those intricate hedgehog spines!), speak volumes. Shelf Awareness, starred review

Sweet and upbeat, this is a testament to the endurance of friendship. Booklist

Praise for Boats for Papa

A deeply empathic story with an accomplished sense of place. In beautiful tones of blue and brown, she immerses readers in the coastal world where Buckley and his mother are trying to make sense of their lives. -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

The only thing better than this title for anyone who has experienced loss is the redemptive nature of time. -School, Library Journal, starred review

The pacing is exquisite as Buckley absorbs and reacts to this information, recognizing and expressing love in return. These two will persevere in the tender journey of life. Reassuring, consoling, and lovely. -Booklist, starred review

Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection-both in the past and present. -Kirkus, starred review



About the Author

Jessixa Bagley is an author and illustrator originally from Portland, Oregon. She spent many days in her childhood combing the Oregon Coast for the perfect sand dollar. Now, she lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and son in a castle in the sky.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages

Author

Jessixa Bagley
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Publisher

Roaring Brook Press

Publication date

23rd February 2016

ISBN

9781626720404


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