A Tale as Tall as Jacob: Misadventures With My Brother (Paperback)
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In this charming and poignant debut graphic novel, a young girl struggles to understand, accept, and support her remarkable little brother as he adapts to life with ADHD. Based on the author's own childhood and told through funny, beautifully illustrated vignettes, this story of two siblings celebrates empathy and embraces how difference makes every family unique.
When Jacob is born, Samantha is excited to have a normal little brother to play with. But those expectations are quickly upended as he grows into a loud, chaotic, and seemingly unstoppable force. And even though he can be a handful, Jacob's extraordinary strength and curiosity have a way of landing him in some unexpected, hilarious, and even heartwarming situations.
As Samantha struggles to get along with her little brother and survive his daily shenanigans, sweet moments of lighthearted fun surface to remind her—and the reader—that loving your family for who they are isn't so complicated after all.
About the Author
Samantha Edwards is an author, artist, and librarian based in Kansas City, where she is a head children's librarian.
WINNER: Midwest Book Awards 2022, Children's Fiction (Midwest Independent Publisher Association)
STARRED REVIEW — “This deeply empathetic, tender look at raising and loving a child with ADHD will resonate with readers, especially those whose siblings have a similar diagnosis.” (School Library Journal)
STARRED REVIEW — “The bright colors and the characters’ animated expressions showcase a simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking, and loving sibling dynamic many readers will find familiar … All the feelings will be felt with this engaging and genuine story of a sister and brother.” (Kirkus Reviews)
STARRED REVIEW – “[Samantha Edwards] really hits the nail on the head in this empathetic and realistic portrayal of a sibling with ADHD. She endows her characters with lots of expressiveness and helps middle grade readers experience Jacob's differences with a lovingly empathetic vibe."
(Stephanie Tournas, Youth Services Book Review)
“[T]his is a terrific graphic novel that I would highly recommend for any elementary or middle school library collection.”
(No Flying, No Tights)