"Compelling, heartwarming, and addictively readable…
This charming picture book by Regan W.H. Macaulay and Kevin Risk serves as an early lesson in self-realization, acceptance, and individualism. Doubtful and lonely, Libby, a cactus plant, looks at blooming flowers in Abigail’s garden from her spot on the windowsill and wonders why Abigail doesn’t caress her the way she does those blooms. When confident and pretty Violet moves next to Libby, the latter loses whatever little confidence she possesses. But an alarming incident forces Libby to embrace her uniqueness. The authors portray Libby’s anguish over her spikes and lack of blooms with skill and perception, and Gordon Bagshaw’s charming, eye-catching illustrations both mirror and deepen the text. Libby, with her vulnerabilities and gentle nature makes for a memorable protagonist. Told in a gentle tone and illustrated with energetic, colorful images, this engaging picture book is ideal for brand-new readers. Young readers will welcome this tender celebration of individuality and self-discovery." -- The Prairies Book Review
Also check out my interview with BookView and find out more background on writing and creating "Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana"!