Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires

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She’s created a sneaky kind of cautionary tale, one that is polite, or wise, enough not to antagonize its true targets.
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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.

 

About Ashley Spires

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Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of numerous funny books for children including The Most Magnificent Thing and the Binky the Space Cat series, was born and raised in BC with eight cats and a dog. After spending some time living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she has returned to the BC life, living in Ladner with three cats, one dog and a man. When she is not running or bike riding or over-scheduling herself, she makes children’s books, many of which have won numerous awards, including Ontario’s Silver Birch Express, the Atlantic Province’s Hackmatack, Saskatchewan’s Shining Willow and BC’s Chocolate Lily Award. Visit Ashley at her website www.ashleyspires.com or follow her on twitter: @ashleyspires



Author Residence: Delta, BC



Author Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC
 
Published January 12, 2016 by Tundra Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 17 2015

For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they’re not made out to be at fault.

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Above average
Reviewed by Maria Russo on Feb 17 2016

She’s created a sneaky kind of cautionary tale, one that is polite, or wise, enough not to antagonize its true targets.

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