Debate. French film club. Bagpipes. Can Andrew do it all? From the award-winning creator of The Most Magnificent Thing comes a book about an charming chickadee who learns – with the help of a “deer” friend - that busy isn’t always better.
Andrew loves putting on plays so he decides to join the drama club at school. Determined to make his performance the best it can be, he joins the debate club to practice his public speaking. He signs up for dance and karate to help with his coordination. Then he's asked to play for the tennis team and edit the school newspaper. Before long he's learning to play the bagpipes, attending Spanish classes and joining the French film club. Suddenly Andrew doesn't have time for anything or anyone else, not even his best friend Edie. And he definitely doesn't have time to sleep. Will Andrew figure out how to balance all his favorite activities and his best friend at the same time? A hilarious look at over-scheduling, a common issue many kids today face.
"A heartwarming tale of self-discovery and friendship." - Kirkus Reviews
"Edie's Ensembles is stunning, Spires' dynamic illustrations highlighting just the right details and featuring splendid bursts of colour. Edie and her classmates are all visually appealing, and her relationship with her best friend, Andrew, subverts gender expectations." - Quill and Quire
"... a vibrant tale of friendship and self-esteem, brimming with outrageous outfits and earnest characters. Kids will love the detail in Spires's digitally-rendered illustrations... Edie's Ensembles is a tale that will resonate with kids who like to dress up, and those who - like Edie - seek true connections." - Readerly
PRAISE FOR The Most Magnificent Thing:
"Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight."-- Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over." -- School Library Journal
"... Spires's buddy tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to manage expectations will likely find an appreciative audience, especially in a classroom setting." -- Quill & Quire
"In the end, it's precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days. Perfection is a myth. Banged up, beat up, good enough can sometimes be the best possible solution to a problem. A lesson for the 21st century children everywhere." -- Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com