Covered in earthworm slime and assisted only by her cat and her little brother, Roberta rescues tiny creatures. You know, the ones stranded in the middle of the sidewalk. Upside-down, flopping, or near-frozen.
A lot of the time, that earns her funny looks from kids in school.
But when a swarm of baby spiders finds its way into the classroom, Roberta will save the day with her knowledge and creativity, showing everybody that tiny creatures aren’t so scary after all. They just need friends who rescue and understand them!
Established Roaring Brook Press author Curtis Manley has teamed up with up-and-coming illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins, creator of Truman and Stumpkin, to present this quirky and adorable picture book.
*THREE STARRED REVIEWS*
*2022 Nautilus Award Winner*
*"Joyful, brightly colored scenes...make every creepy crawly relatable...A first purchase for young reader collections." - School Library Journal, starred review
*"An original picture book and a rewarding read-aloud choice." - Booklist, starred review
*"This substantive story by Manley is both a STEM tale about insects and a lesson in staying true to oneself, as Roberta’s distinctive interest takes her from odd kid out to minor celebrity with a like-minded new friend." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Empathy, problem solving, science, and newfound friendship mesh neatly here—and fit the bill for both social-emotional learning time and elementary-school science class." - The Horn Book