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THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce

THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS

by William Joyce, illustrated by William Joyce

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-06-027237-6
Publisher: HarperCollins

 As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs--`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''--climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Indeed they can: Appearing just in time for a short but sharp battle in which the evil Spider Queen is slain, the Leaf Men, ``gardeners of a grand and elfin sort,'' doctor all the wilted foliage, then bring the old woman back from the brink by presenting her with a toy lost in the garden long ago. A squad of lilliputian Jolly Green Giants, the emerald Leaf Men cut robust, heroic figures, hands on hips, long tendrils curling gracefully from their bald pates; the Spider Queen and her twiggy cohorts emit a suitably malicious air. Joyce (Santa Calls, 1993, etc.) places the action in a jungle of looming vegetation lit by the smiling moon that sails over nearly every scene. Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)