I purchased the Kindle version of the novella "Sundae: One Bear's Epic Crusade Through Childhood" by Matt Wallace a while ago, and it recently came to the top of my list. I read it first sitting in an airport, and again almost immediately. Within a week I read it to my five year old son. Sundae is an amazing story. While parts were a bit heavy for my son, he understood the story and definitely identified with several of the characters, especially the protective bear named Sundae.
Sundae is the story of a bear--a stuffed animal--whose purpose is to protect children from the dangers that exist within the unseen world of the imagination. We follow Sundae from creation through his life, defending children and at times finding himself tucked away quietly in storage.
What I love most about this book is that it gives form to the shapeless and often nameless things that frighten children. Things known and “seen” are often much less scary than things unseen and therefore less understood. In the story we see the threats to the children with form and therefore we see Sundae’s battles as a child would see them.
My son loved the story, as did I, and he still talks about it. He also has a small bear in his room he’s now renamed “Sundae”. The bear is never far away and he sleeps well.
If you’re already familiar with Matt Wallace’s other works and didn’t realize he’s written a children’s story, don’t look past Sundae. Even if you don’t have kids, read this. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, it’ll bring back some lost memories of childhood, and you just might know a child you can pass it to who would benefit from hearing this awesome story of adventure and courage.