Book Release Party for Jean Reidy and "Truman!"

Join us for a very special edition of our Saturday Storytime, with a party celebrating the release of Jean Reidy's new picture book, Truman!

With games and activiites for all ages, as well as crafts, coloring, door prizes, and donuts, this morning's event has something for everyone.

About the Book:

Truman the tortoise lives with his friend Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below...until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!

Truman waits for her to return. 
He waits.  And waits. 
And waits
And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do. Even if it seems... impossible!

"Truman's seemingly small accomplishment will give readers and viewers cause to celebrate and appreciate the things they achieve every day, no matter the size."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The smallness of Truman's world makes his expedition appropriately daunting--and funny--as he makes his way out of his tank and toward the door....Observational humor, clear affection between Truman and Sarah, and bold adventure make this a memorable pet-owner love story."--Publisher's Weekly 

"Peaceful and pensive like Truman himself, this book charms; there’s just something uplifting and wonderful about the whole package." Kirkus STARRED review

"A heartwarming tale of devotion that will be enjoyed by children and their adults." School Library Journal STARRED review.

“He will have readers of all ages falling in love." Booklist  

Junior Library Guild Selection 

About the author:

Just like Truman, Jean Reidy once lived high above honking taxis, growling trash trucks, shrieking cars, and, of course, buses traveling in every direction. And she might like to again someday. But for now, she writes from her home in Colorado, right across the street from her neighborhood library, which she loves. Her fun, lively, and award-winning picture books have earned their spots as favorites among readers and listeners of all ages. Admittedly, she's never had a tortoise...but over the years she has resided with a not-so-well-behaved assortment of turtles, parakeets, lizards, goldfish, hamsters, and even one feisty fire-bellied toad. Jean grew up as a Book Stall neighbor in Highland Park! Visit Jean online at

Event date: 

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Truman Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534416642
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019

"An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism, and undying devotion." —The New York Times Book Review

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