Shy Willow (Hardcover)

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By Cat Min
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Staff Reviews

When I stumbled upon this picture book with friends, every time I turned the page it was met with an uncontrollable awe from everyone. This story and the illustrations accompanying, are beautiful, magical, and a good reminder to anyone of what kindness can make you capable of!

- Emma

— From Shy Willow (Staff Pick)


Willow is shy. VERY shy.

Her home is in an abandoned mailbox, and she'd rather stay put. Outside kids scream and soccer balls collide, trees look like monsters, and rain is noisy in a scary kind of way. It's much nicer to stay inside, drawing. But then a young boy drops a letter in Willow's mailbox: it's a note to the moon asking for a special favor. Willow knows that if she doesn't brave the world outside, the letter will never be delivered, and the boy will be heartbroken. Should she try? Can she?

Cat Min delivers a breathtakingly illustrated story about shyness, the power of empathy, and what it means to make a friend.

About the Author

Cat Min is an illustrator, animator, and writer. Cat grew up as a shy kid in Hong Kong, where she spent most of her childhood drawing and making comic books out of printer paper and staples with her best friend. She studied animation and film at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Illustration & Visual Storytelling Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is also a member of SCBWI. Her (not so) guilty pleasures are: McDonald's french fries, sappy romance comics, mobile escape game apps, visual novels, and all things cheese.

Praise For…

“Evokes a richly mysterious night; a night in which dreams could come true.” -The New York Times,

“A visually satisfying sequence of art that perfectly facilitates this tale for repeated read-alouds with mom.”-The Classroom Bookshelf (An SLJ Blog),

“ earnest tale of bravery begetting self-realization.” -Publishers Weekly,

“Splendid....A lovable protagonist” -Horn Book,

[STAR] “A dreamlike adventure…A warm and wondrous adventure for armchair, or high chair, travelers.” -Booklist (starred review),

“A memorable and moving read. A lovely mix of realistic and fantastical.” -BookPage,

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646140350
ISBN-10: 1646140354
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: February 16th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English