(A Graphic Novel)
Callaway just wants to do a good job--but her worries are getting in the way! A fun adventure filled with an adorable cast of fruits and vegetables, this young chapter-book graphic novel is perfect for fans of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.
Callaway, with her apple head and huge heart, likes to help others, grow crabapples, and spend time with her friends--but things suddenly go sideways when the town decides to hold a festival and all her friends want to enter the harvest contest! Afraid that nothing she has will be good enough, Callaway finds a friend to talk to in a fairy named Thistle.
Join Callaway and Thistle as they prepare for the festival and help their friends--and each other--along the way. A delightfully genuine story about problem-solving, having confidence in yourself, and learning that it's okay to ask for help when you need it.
The Forest Fairy Kingdom's summertime fair is coming up, and its produce-headed orchard denizens are excited to show off their skills at its annual competition. Callaway, an apple-headed girl who struggles with feelings of inadequacy stemming from the comparatively small fruit of the crab apple tree she tends, is so anxious about the competition that she literally loses her head. Rolling away into the nearby forest, it attracts the attention of fairy Thistle, whom other fairies deride for his laid-back approach to life. Thistle helps Callaway reassemble herself and, as the two bond, assists her in staving off worry by focusing on the present and busily assisting others and finding her anxiety's source. Via expressive art in a colorful, slightly muted palette, debut creator Vandorn depicts the adorably anthropomorphic fruit- and veg-headed farmers and flower fairies. The low-conflict plot effectively normalizes the experience of anxiety, offering strategies to deal with fretful feelings (particularly around interpersonal comparisons and high expectations), and shows how each person's experience can help them understand others. Light, summery, and warm. Ages 5 8.