AMY BENNETT WILLIAMS - NEWS PRESS writes "...generously (and charmingly) illustrated"...
AMY BENNETT WILLIAMS
NEWS PRESS, Fort Myers, FL 2006
'Dillo' follows a lost armadillo's adventure on Sanibel Island. She's a little critter with a big smile--and for Dillo, that means big trouble. Dillo is the heroine of a new book of the same name, written and illustrated by two Sanibel residents: Kyle Miller and Randon T. Eddy, respectively. Set on the island's Bailey Tract, and inland piece of the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 'Dillo' follows a lost young armadillo as she tries to find her way home. Dillo's big challenge is her permanent smile--actually a birth defect. Though it wins her extra attention from her mother and other animals, that smile so annoys her three sisters that they conspire to lead her deep into the nature preserve and leave her. How Dillo finds her way back and the friends she makes along the way are the basis of the 64 page book, which is generously (and charmingly) illustrated with Eddy's engaging watercolors. Miller and Eddy are both retired educators, and it shows--in addition to its lessons about character and courage, Dillo is an excellent introduction to the island's flora and fauna: bobcats, and anhingas, strangler figs and spartina grass. The book's acknowledgments include several names that may be familiar to long-time residents and readers: Naturalist Bev Postmus advised Miller on the island's natural systems; best-selling writer Anne Fadiman, author of Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, proofread the book. The whole experience was a joy, says Miller. I just hope it encourages children to make a difference for the future.