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Little Yau : a Fuzzhead tale
Cannon, Janell, 1957-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Trupp is poisoned, Little Yau and some of the other Fuzzheads don clothes and shoes and venture into the world of humans, searching for the herb they need to make a cure.
Reading Level:
AD 440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 63617.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 31875 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Little Yau wants nothing more than for the Wise Ones to teach her the great secrets of the mountains. But when her best friend, Trupp, is in grave danger, Yau's dreams are nearly forgotten in her quest to help him. Only one thing will save Trupp, and only Yau has seen where it is. (Not even the Wise Ones know.) But finding it means venturing into the treacherous world of humans!
Bestselling author-illustrator Janell Cannon introduces the endearing Little Yau in a story about loyalty and friendship that brims with humor, emotion, and suspense. The world is a big place--is Little Yau ready?

Author Notes

Picture book author and illustrator Janell Cannon was born November 3, 1957, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The left-handed artist claims she drew so much in high school that her hand was perpetually black from smearing the ink of her favorite Bic pens.

Cannon worked at the Carlsbad Library in southern California, where she discovered that there were few books about bats available for children, so she decided to make her own. The result, Stellaluna (1994), became a best seller, allowing Cannon to leave her job at the library and write Trupp: A Fuzzhead Tale (1995), and other books.

Janell Cannon lives in California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Fuzzheads, white, catlike creatures that can walk either upright or on all fours, live in their own quasi-Indian society in an arid landscape resembling the American Southwest. In this adventure, little Yau discovers her friend Trupp unconscious and near death. When the healer determines that thumbfoot vine is needed to cure Trupp, Yau ventures into a nearby "human village" and, disguised in clothing, searches for the plant. As in the previous Fuzzhead story, Trupp (1995), the artwork is more engaging than the rather long, predictable story. Both the large paintings and the small ink drawings show admirable precision and attention to detail. The subtle grades of colors, the solid draftsmanship under the soft edges, and the sense of drama combine to give the larger pictures an appealing quality quite apart from the more obvious wide-eyed, fuzzy-animal appeal of the characters. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cannon (Stellaluna) returns to the land of the Fuzzheads for this tale with an ecological message. Little Yau longs to become sufficiently accomplished at mixing plants into healing medicines that the Wise Ones, the eldest Fuzzheads, will invite her to the mountains to teach her "the great secrets." After bungling her exam in the medicine cave, Yau goes in search of her best friend, Trupp, who encountered the human world in the inaugural volume about the Fuzzheads and has been away a long time. She finds him unconscious, and summons the Wise Ones. Cannon paints the triumvirate perched on the "Great Arch," a terra cotta stone that arcs against a mystical blue sky, overlooking the mountains. The arid landscape calls to mind breathtaking vistas such as the Grand Canyon or Sedona, a worthy perch for these spiritual leaders. The Wise Ones help her determine that he has fallen ill to "poison from the human garden." Only the thumbfoot leaf will cure the ailing young patient, but when Yau (camouflaged in human garb) goes to retrieve the plant, she discovers human developments in place of the thumbfoot's usual habitat. These paintings pale when compared to the Fuzzheads' homeland, and the message here tends to overshadow the story. But Trupp's fans will likely enjoy seeing his further adventures through the eyes of his best buddy. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved