About this book
Glen Huser • Milan Pavlovic
Todd knows that his baby sister’s snuggly is good for keeping things close and safe, so when he wears it to school one day, it seems like a great idea to use it to carry things for his friends. On the walk to school, Todd makes room for a treasure box, then a book, a snack, a stray kitten, a jar of pollywogs and a travel mug, as well as his teddy, Banjo Bear. But by the time he gets to class, the snuggly is overflowing, and when he gets up for show and tell, the inevitable happens. The snuggly bursts!
Everything spills out, the kitten runs around the classroom and chaos ensues. His classmates laugh, but Todd wants to cry. Luckily, Miss Bale is able to repair the broken strap, and Todd goes home with just one thing in the snuggly: Banjo Bear, who is close and safe.
Milan Pavlovic’s vibrant illustrations perfectly depict the physical comedy of Todd’s predicament in Glen Huser’s funny and tender story about a new big brother and his fascination with a snuggly.
About the Creators
Glen Huser’s novels include Touch of the Clown (shortlisted for the Mr. Christie’s Book Award), Stitches (winner of the Governor General’s Award) and Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen (nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award). A former teacher-librarian in Edmonton, Glen has taught writing for children at the University of British Columbia. He recently explored his passion for musical theater in Time for Flowers, Time for Snow and The Golden Touch, picture-book retellings of the myths of Demeter and Persephone, and King Midas, respectively.
Milan Pavlovic lives in Toronto with his family. When he is not illustrating picture books, drawing or playing the ukulele, he is teaching visual communication and illustration at OCAD University and Seneca College. His other books include Moon Wishes by Guy and Patricia Storms, Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman (“The illustrations, in rich watercolor and colored pencil, are elegantly patterned —School Library Journal, starred review) and The Snuggly by Glen Huser.
Awards and Praise
About Seamus’s Short Story, by Heather Hartt-Sussman, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic:
“This familiar-seeming tale about being small in a world built for the tall takes an unexpected and rewarding turn. … Pavlovic taps into Seamus’s newfound joy with a vivid palette …” Publishers Weekly
About Kabungo, by Rolli, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic:
“Occasional grayscale illustrations by comic artist Pavlovic make this surreal tale seem almost real. … Fresh and original, this appealing account of friendship celebrates differences and community.” Kirkus Reviews
About Stitches, by Glen Huser:
“… a classic scapegoats-vs.-bullies story …” Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW