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Written by the acclaimed author of The Phantom Tollbooth, this is a simply told story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime, and is sure to be a hit among fans of Juster, Karas, and anyone who is "the new ki ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Schwartz & Wade Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura
If you are ever lost or lonely, call out, speak up, and shout! People just might surprise you. :)

Very cute and clever story about trying to fit in, find friends, and your way in a new place.


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Richie Partington
7 June 2011 NEVILLE by Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas, ill, Schwartz & Wade, October 2011, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86765-1

"It's summer which means many families will be moving from one house to another or one town or state to another."

So begins the listserv request seeking great books for preschool- and elementary-age boys and girls about moving. Moving is, of course, traumatic because it typically involves losing the sanctuary of familiar surroundings to become the new kid in a strange hou
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Tasha
This story about a boy moving to a new place will speak to any child who has had to move. The boy was never asked by his family if he wanted to move, he just got told that they were. Now he had to move into a new house and go to a new school, and worst of all, find new friends. His mother suggested that he go for a walk, so he did, very reluctantly. After he walked for awhile, he turned around and called out: “Neville!” Nothing happened. He did it again and again. Then another boy joined him and ...more
Dolly
Dec 30, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens
The difficulties of moving and making new friends is explored in this unusual story by Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas. It was a night of G. Brian Karas for us, as we also read Give Me Half!.

We enjoyed this story, and while the ending was completely obvious to me, our girls were a bit surprised. We had some fun imagining how Neville would explain himself the next day, but it certainly was a unique way to introduce yourself and get people to remember your name.

Since we just read The Phantom Tol
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Desiree Schirg
Neville is a book about a boy that had to move to a new neighborhood. His family did not ask him if he wanted to move so he was not happy about this decision. One day he walked around his new neighborhood and started shouting "Neville". Another boy his age in the neighborhood joins him outside and offers to help. Another child soon offers to help, too, and then another, and so on until many kids are on the street calling out "Neville". All of them were waiting to see what will happen next. Only ...more
Lisa
I love this book! It's about this boy who just moved to a new town with his family and thinks he's going to hate it. One day the boy decides to outside and take a walk. While walking the boy stops at a street corner and just starts shouting the name Neville. Another boy comes over to see what is going on and thinks the boy shouting is looking for someone named Neville so he joins in with the shouting. Eventually all the neighborhood kids start coming over to see what all the shouting is about. T ...more
Tricia Douglas
Everyone knows this author and his famous The Phantom Tollbooth classic. Neville is one of Juster's picture books for children. This one is very sweet and tells about a lonely boy in a new neighborhood and how he makes friends. A unique method if I do say so myself. I'd probably rate this book a 4.5 if this system allowed. The illustrations are wonderful also. Try not to miss this wonderful children's book.
Library Maven
It's tough to move into a new house in a new neighborhood where you don't know anyone, but Neville finds a unique way to meet people in the neighborhood. A delight!
Josiah
Norton Juster's distinguished writing career has seen a nice resurgence in the first decade of the twenty-first century, with the release of several picture books that I think could someday be as highly regarded as his most famous work, The Phantom Tollbooth. Of all these latter-day picture books, I'd have to say that Neville is probably my favorite. I could see it as having been a legitimate Caldecott contender for 2012, and the story is smart, funny, and matches the feeling of the illustratio ...more
Scope
You're the new kid.

Ugh. Doesn't that sentence bum you out? We are such social creatures that arriving in an unfamilar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people can throw us into despair and leave a lasting impression. Did you move to a new town as a kid? I did, and I can still remember it like yesterday. In Neville, Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas take a crack at this familiar situation. The results are a charming, clever, and an undeniable success.

A boy arrives in a new town with his family. He i
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Sarah Prekopa
Neville by Norton Juster is a wonderful tale of a little boy who finds new friends in a unexpected way. Having moved to a new city once again, Neville is certain that he will be made fun of in his new school and remain friendless. When his mother suggest taking a walk down the street, he reluctantly goes only to be met with a surprise. When out of boredom the little boy starts to shout, "Neville!", a crowd of children start to appear and help him should out, "Neville!, Neville!". Soon the childr ...more
Romelle
Moving to a new neighborhood can be tough for a child. Making new friends is even tougher for some. Norman Juster shows us a unique way to make friends in this tender-hearted picture book. NEVILLE is a story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood. He wanders into the empty street and calls out, "Neville...NEVILLE!" Soon, the neighborhood kids come out one by one, and everyone is calling out, "Neville!"

The book cleverly starts out with mute colors, depicting the boy's soul as he faces his f
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Megan
Jan 17, 2012 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd grade
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Jess
I picked this one up after it made Calling Caldecott's mock ballot list, and I'm glad I did. It's one of those stories where the text tells the story but the illustrations convey the mood. There's a fun reveal at the end for readers who miss the clues. I for one was coming up with all kinds of more outrageous explanations for why the boy was shouting "Neville!" and of course had to read it through again once I got to the end.

Plus, a second read makes you notice the details in the illustrations
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Laura
I picked this up because the cover grabbed my attention. It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was written by the author of the Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster has such a unique way of making words have a life of their own. For example, when the boy goes to the corner and shouts "Neville!"--it is just in plain blue and gray. Another boy joins and as they shout together, the words become more stylish and each child has a different font. When a third joins in and the shouting is synchroni ...more
Magila
I just didn't feel there was anything really surprising about the conclusion to this book. It was built around ending with you saying, "oh, I didn't see that coming." Maybe your child will be a little surprised, but I suspect most analytically minded grade schoolers would see right through it.

On the plus side, there aren't too many books that address not just fitting in, but the challenges of moving as a child. This book centers around a young boy after a family move and how he becomes involved
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Lauren Suchomski
I am using this book as my first literature circle book for my new library centers experiment. It's a great book, an easy read, and the message is fun and clear.

Some additional lesson ideas:
* After reading, students can TPS about things that make moving hard and how they would make new friends.
* This would be a good beginning of the year book- spring from this into learning about their classmates- interview questions or just telling about themselves
* Using videos that show the author and illus
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Aprils
I would recommend this to a child who had just moved to a new house. There's a lot of text, so this might be a good book to read one-on-one with a child. Third-graders might be able to read this book on their own without help.
Eric Hinkle
A really great, simple, and poignant tale about a sad new kid on the block, and his method of making friends. With a limited set of words and illustrations, Juster and Karas get in and go straight for the gut. Fabulous.
H
I read this excellent new picture book to a class of 5th graders who asked their teacher if I would read to them after they heard my vocabualry shtick with the kindergarteners (we learn a new word from our book each week and we act out all the words - woohoo - stomping in the library!). They LOVED this story about a boy who makes his mark as the new kid in the neighborhood, and the opportunity to join in as the many kids in the book shout for "Neville" made the book a great join in read aloud. I ...more
Susie
Great story, great illustrations. How fitting that as we celebrate the 50th year of Phantom Toolbooth, we have another great story from Juster. A student weary of being the new guy finds an innovative way to become part of the neighborhood.

I liked the way that as the story started, the illustrations were somewhat bleak and simple, and as Nevile became more involved with others, the pictures changed to "technicolor", almost as the transformation in the "Wizard of Oz". This is a very clever, yet s
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Brittany May
Review: I want to work with kids of many cultures, particularly in rural areas. So in my opinion, this book would be perfect for that setting. It tells a tale that is strong to young readers, because it shows real-life cause and effect situations. I would recommend this book to grade first and up, it might by a little struggle for pre-k and kindergarten to understand.

Summary: This is a simple story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a different way to make friends. With amazin
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Jennifer
My day was a bit grey before I picked this up, and now after reading it, oddly enough, I feel bashful. (As in little girl with arms crossed behind her back, hands clasped, swinging to-and-fro, eyes downcast-- or upward-- looking anywhere but at you, bashful.) Strange as it may sound, I think it has to do with the fact that I feel as though I've just met and made a new friend named Neville by simply reading this book. Oh, the magic of a well-written story. (=

(Not to discount the illustrations-- l
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Simon Wojtaszek
A sullen boy makes friends in his new neighborhood almost despite himself. You identified with his plight, and will hopefully make friends just as easily when we move.
Alice
I must be feeling like the new kid on the block today, because I randomly picked up 2 books to read today about the new kids in school. The boy is new to the neighbor, and his mother suggests he go for a walk. He does so because there is nothing else to do and he doesn't know anyone in his new neighborhood. At the end of the block her yells "Neville" when no response a kid helps him yell "Neville" until all the Neighbor kids are yelling in unison "Neville" but who is Neville? Why is he not respo ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
A pretty good picturebook- The story is funny without making light of a distress at moving and desire for friends and acceptance. The illustrations are pretty striking with muted colors an greys with lots of white space predominating at the beginning to reflect the boy's sadness and colors and full two-page spreads to reflect his happiness at the end. The framing may change forms too many times for the story to be neatly packaged. I think I like the illustrations at the beginning better than the ...more
Kris
Moving isn't easy on kids. When a boy moves into a new neighborhood, his mother suggests he just walk down the block and make some new friends. The boy, like most kids, knows it's not that easy. So when he walks down the block, the boy starts calling, "Neville!" Soon other kids start helping him call for Neville, asking him questions about Neville, etc. The twist at the end is that the boy is Neville.

I've seen lots of adults say this is a charming way of handling the "new kid in town" situation,
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Amanda Rutledge
A great story to read aloud especially to a class that may have a new student. This story depicts the fears and emotions a child may have when their family moves. They are uprooted and must get used to a new home,neighborhood, and a new school. Most anxieties stem from making new friends. This book turns this anxiety into a funny story, and can teach kids not to be so afraid of the unknown. The story and pictures were both pretty simple and every page is matched with a white background. This is ...more
Julie
My 4 year old enjoyed this story. He came up with different ways to call for Neville and what the children would do tomorrow.
Michaila
Very clever and sweet. One of my favorites out of the picture books I've read lately.
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Norton Juster is an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold ...more
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