Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Debate. French film club. Bagpipes. Can Andrew do it all? From the award-winning creator of The Most Magnificent Thing comes a book about an charming chickadee who learns – with the help of a “deer” friend - that busy isn’t always better.
Andrew loves putting on plays so he decides to join the drama club at school. Determined to make his performance the best it can be, he joins the debate club to practice his public speaking. He signs up for dance and karate to help with his coordination. Then he's asked to play for the tennis team and edit the school newspaper. Before long he's learning to play the bagpipes, attending Spanish classes and joining the French film club. Suddenly Andrew doesn't have time for anything or anyone else, not even his best friend Edie. And he definitely doesn't have time to sleep. Will Andrew figure out how to balance all his favorite activities and his best friend at the same time? A hilarious look at over-scheduling, a common issue many kids today face.
About the author
Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.
Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at www.ashleyspires.com.
PRAISE FOR Over-Scheduled Andrew:
"Andrew's interests threaten to get the better of him in this tongue-in-cheek take on an all-too-common plight [...] For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they're not made out to be at fault." --Kirkus Reviews
"Spires uses levity to explore valid lessons that are typically seen as counterintuitive to a lot of children’s books: Sometimes, it’s OK to say no. Sometimes it’s necessary to give up and call it quits. At an age where children are learning what they are capable of, it’s equally important for them to recognize their limits." --The National Post
"The story is fast paced but funny. The illustrations include comical details that are great to look at. This is yet another fantastic book by Ashley Spires." --The Caterpillar Corner (blog)
Other titles by Ashley Spires
Most Magnificent Maker's A to Z, The
Tiny Barbarian Conquers the Kraken!
Burt the Beetle Lives Here!
Binky the Space Cat: The Top Secret Collection
Miniature Marvels of the Natural World