Cover image for A letter for Leo
Title:
A letter for Leo
Author:
Ruzzier, Sergio, 1966- , author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
When Leo, a weasel mailman, rescues a young bird that was separated from his flock, the two become friends and Leo's dream of one day receiving a letter of his own may finally come true.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780544223608
Format :
Book

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Summary

The illustrator of Eve Bunting's Tweak Tweak and Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? makes his Clarion debut as author/illustrator with a tender book about loneliness and friendship. Leo, a mailman, takes in a small bird, Cheep, who missed the autumn migration of his flock.When spring comes and Cheep moves on, Leo is sad to see him go, but he also has hope, and the letter he has been longing for finally arrives. Sergio Ruzzier's signature, slightly surreal animal characters and the setting, rendered in brilliant colors, make this simple, eloquent story a visual treat for the very young.


Author Notes

Sergio Ruzzier has illustrated a number of picture books, some of which he also wrote. Italian by birth, he lives in New York City. He is a member of the Maurice Sendak fellowship.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A sweet, understated story set amid a wonderfully odd landscape, Ruzzier's latest centers around Leo, a mailman who appears to be a tall, furry-tailed weasel. The book begins with Leo on the job, delivering all kinds of mail to friends and neighbors but deep down wishing someone would send him a letter. Using pen-and-ink and watercolors, Ruzzier presents Leo's town as a series of rolling hills, each one a different color, in sight of jagged mountains and a river that slices through the earth. Leo's neighbors are happy animals, like the fish who are delivered a box. Leo himself remains lonely until he finds a young bird separated from his flock. He takes care of Cheep and they become a little family. Their eventual separation is made bearable by the letter Cheep sends from his winter home. The sentiments on that written page (nothing but the word cheep) are less important than the affection behind them, which Ruzzier manages to capture in just a few words and charming pictures.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Leo, a ferretlike critter, makes everyone's day with his postal deliveries of "big boxes, small packets, envelopes of every size, catalogs, love letters, birthday cards." Leo will occasionally take a moment to stop for a chat or play bocce, but he's actually a solitary fellow who has never received a letter himself. Then one day Leo rescues a little bird who's become stuck in a mailbox, and everything changes for him-including his eventual understanding of why the mail means so much to his customers. Ruzzier (Bear and Bee Too Busy) has long had a taste-and gift-for the slightly surreal, but his watercolor-and-ink drawings in this outing are very much slice-of-life, with an old-fashioned sense of characterization and telling detail; readers will feel that they instantly know the "little old town" where Leo delivers letters and all of its inhabitants. This is a lovely story about connection and all that it implies, told with concision, reticence, and just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Ages 4-8. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.