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Once upon a time, there was a nice boy and his name was Gideon. He lived in a nice house, and he had nice parents and lots of toys. But Gideon wasn't satisfied. He wanted to be a hero. You know, a hero, with his name on the front page of the newspaper. That sort of thing. So how does anyone get to be a hero, anyway? Heroes have to be strong. Heroes have to be brave. Heroes have to be clever. Don't they? With wry humor, Florence Parry Heide and Chuck Groenink explore how we choose our idols in a witty story that leaves it to readers to decide the real nature of heroism.
About the Author
Florence Parry Heide is the author of many acclaimed books, including Princess Hyacinth, Dillweed's Revenge, and The Shrinking of Treehorn, which was illustrated by Edward Gorey. She passed away in 2011.
Chuck Groenink is an illustrator who lives with his wife and their two cats in Syracuse, New York.
"A great way to start a conversation about what a hero is and is not."-School Library Connection
"Gideon is a perfectly regular kid, and readers will love him all the more because of it."-Booklist, starred review
"Nimbly shifts between suburban ordinary and fairy tale extraordinary."-Publishers Weekly
"Heroism with a wink."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Filled with tongue-in-cheek humor."-School Library Journal
"A wonderfully quirky book about how we perceive heroism."--What We Do All Day