The Bramble

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

In this beautifully illustrated and mostly wordless book, Cameron isn’t small, but he’s not exactly big. He’s not slow, but he’s also not quick. He wants friends, but it never quite seems to work out. And in a game of tag, he’s going to end up “it.” Or at least that’s how things are on this side of the Bramble. On the other side, it’s a different story. On the other side of the Bramble, something extraordinary can happen, something that changes everything.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039230, JUV037000, JUV039060
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Lee Nordling

Two-time Eisner nominee Lee Nordling is an award-winning writer, editor, and creative director who has worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. His book The Bramble won the 2013 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Picture Books (ages 4-8), and BirdCatDog, an Eisner Award nominee, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best children's books of 2014, and won the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Imagination. The third book in his Three-Story Book series, SheHeWe, was a 2016 Eisner Award nominee. His current Game for Adventure series—beginning with Andrew the Seeker, and Belinda the Unbeatable, the latter garnering two starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus—concludes in Spring 2018 with Chavo the Invisible. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Cheri, and numerous pets that earn their kibble by offering inspiration.

Illustrator: Bruce Zick

Bruce Zick has worked as a concept artist for Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, and Blue Sky on films as Hercules, Tarzan, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Prince of Egypt, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and The Leaf Men. He is also the writer and artist of The Anubis Tapestry. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Anja, and their daughter, Isabella.


School Library Journal

“Readers will be drawn in by the cover depicting the youngster peeking into the Bramble and will be amused by the reverse scene on the back….Close reading will untangle the feel-good story line.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The artist’s energetic pencil illustrations skillfully create atmospheric environments and intriguing creatures….This nearly wordless tale offers much for readers to discuss and interpret, as the power of the individual to make a negative or positive impact in the world is explored. A good addition to the overcoming-bullies bookshelf.” —Kirkus Reviews