Pointing the Way to Love
Mr. Prickles is not a particularly friendly fellow.
He is...well, tough to get close to—because he’s a porcupine! While he isn’t cute, cuddly or playful on the outside, he is on the inside. He’s very lonely until he the day he meets Miss Pointypants and everything changes. Its a story that makes a point to show us that there’s enough love for everyone no matter how different (or prickly) you may be. Written by my good ol’ pal Kara LaReau (Ugly Fish, Otto, The Boy Who Loved Cars).
The New York Times had a pointed review. Read it here.
"Puns and droll humor pepper this story of lonely Mr. Prickles, a porcupine who becomes justifiably unfriendly after struggling unsuccessfully to befriend the other woodland creatures."—School Library Journal
“The simple, though sometimes challenging to learn, you’re-perfect-just-the-way-you-are and like-likes-like themes are presented with short sentences, frequent dialogue, good pacing, and clear nocturnal art…”—Booklist
“LaReau’s well-paced, pointedly pun-filled text shines a sympathetic light on her lonely protagonist, and the playful (and cute and cuddly) illustrations bring out the best in the spiky hero. Magoon’s use of color and varying perspectives in the nighttime scenes effectively convey mood and intensify the story’s emotions.”—Horn Book Magazine
“…the ‘be yourself’ message goes down easy in this tale of misfits, thanks to humor that ought to amuse readers of all ages.” —Publishers Weekly
Behind the Scenes
Here are some sketches I created while working on Mr. Prickles...: