The Pipsqueak

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

You don’t need super powers to be a hero…or to make enemies into friends.

In Hero’s gang, everyone has a special skill. Well, everybody but Pip. Pip isn’t strong, he can’t run fast or make himself invisible. He might not have any amazing talents, but when bully Solo invades their spot, Pip shows the gang that you just need guts to be a hero.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039230, JUV039060, JUV071000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9.75 x 10.25
Features Reviewed

Author: Ben Manley

Ben Manley is a writer and designer. His writing is full of humor and heart with a touch of the gothic – as weird and wonderful as an atticful of vampire hamsters. He also works as a digital copywriter and web designer. Ben lives in England with his wife and two children.

Illustrator: Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner worked as a designer and art director for more than a decade before he decided to pursue his passion for illustration and storytelling. He often finds ideas and influence from Japanese culture and art, as he once lived in Osaka, Japan. Now, he lives in London with his girlfriend and her many plants.


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This story is a must-read for educators to use in talking with kids about how jealousy can lead to poor behavior but making friends or joining a group can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. A good selection for a preschool or elementary classroom or library. Reviewer Rating: 4” —Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“A fun underdog story for readers intrepid enough to join this merry band of kids.”—Kirkus Reviews