Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole.
Firefly wants to fly to outer space someday, and Cricket aspires to be “the cricket version of Yogi Berra.” Although they both have been warned repeatedly by the cricket and firefly nations about the hazards of human beings, they are intrigued by Peter’s way of life. After all, he and another miniature giant used to play catch, and others of Peter’s tribe have reached the moon. Vole, the sole, determined survivor of his river people, has spent much of his riverbank life teaching himself to sail. As the story unfolds, readers of all ages will be captivated by a third-person voice, both soothing and gently humorous, that delves deeply and sensitively into such subjects as friendship, death, cultural conflict, dreams, and the adjustments that must be made on our lives’ journeys. As with the beloved classic Charlotte’s Web, bits of natural history are woven into a plot in which a human child’s emotional growth is secondary to a whimsical tale of interspecies friendships. Illustrations reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows further enhance a wise and lovely reading adventure.
This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)