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Publisher's Note:

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.…

Cicada

by Shaun Tan

Overall Book Review:

Cicada is an extremely short book about the life of a cicada who works in an office in the human world.  The books has less than 200 words total, but does have very well done illustrations.

This book is an extremely easy read.  Young readers will enjoy the quick story and may even find it funny.  Older readers will be able to glean far more from the book and its undertones of respect, recognition and accomplishment will good food for thought.

A quick, thought provoking read that will provide some levity to anyone’s day.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Arthur A. Levine (A Scholastic Imprint)


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence and Gore:  Character acts as though contemplating suicide.

Sex and Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Lead to beleive character contemplating suicide.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None.

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About the Reviewer

I am a full-time mom, full-time wife, and overtime reader. I have been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both my mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark my interest, but I often go in streaks, reading a bunch of books from one genre, then switching to another for a while and back again.