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Daniel Jude Miller
Author, Illustrator
Earclaw and Eddie

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

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. This beautifully illustrated children's story is both comical as well as inspirational, reminding children and adults alike that life is not what sits on your head, but what you do while something sits on your head! Enjoy.
“Like most terrible odd things, it came from nowhere and it started very small,” writes newcomer Miller in a playful allegory about anxiety and depression, albeit one more likely to resonate with adults than children. Eddie, a working-age man, wakes up one morning to find a one-eyed, toothy purple monster resting on his head, its hands clasped tightly on either side of his face. Earclaw is always with Eddie—at home, at the office, and on vacation. While the situation is comical, Miller gives Eddie an increasingly beleaguered appearance that also conveys the extent of his suffering; Earclaw is also the only spot of color in the otherwise b&w cartoons. Eventually, a child helps Eddie realize that he isn’t the only one with baggage—a full-color scene in a public park reveals humans beset by spiky, tentacled monsters that symbolize secret cravings, physical pain, loneliness, and other afflictions not necessarily visible to the naked eye. Despite the overarching focus on adult characters and concerns, Miller’s message, one of accepting the difficulties life presents, can be grasped by readers of any age. All ages. (BookLife)