Book Review: Earclaw and Eddie by Daniel Jude Miller

CoverTitle: Earclaw and Eddie

Author: Daniel Jude Miller

Genre: Children’s Books

Age Group: Children (although this could be useful for adults too)

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Encahnted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Eddie is just a regular guy trying to get by in his boring life, when out of nowhere he finds himself underneath a very unwelcome visitor. Earclaw is the unwelcome visitor and exists as nothing more than a crushing weight on Eddie’s head. Faced with this permanent guest, Eddie must learn to endure, accept and possibly trick Earclaw in leaving once and for all.

In Earclaw and Eddie, Eddie is just a regular guy until one day, he gets a visit from Earclaw, a purple, huge monster that nestles around his ears and won’t let go. No matter what Eddie does, Earclaw is there. At work, during dates, while brushing his teeth, even while he’s trying to get to sleep.

Earclaw is not just a monster – as we learn throughout the book. He also stands for emotional pain, and in a way that hardly any children’s book I’ve read manages to do, this book shows the reader an actual message: sometimes, we have emotional pain, and no matter what we do we can’t let go of it. We have to learn to live with it. We have to learn to live with the monsters.

This book is unique. In a whimsical, charming way, with gorgeous illustrations (seriously, I couldn’t stop looking at them over and over again) author Daniel Jude Miller tells his young and old readers alike a very important message.

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