Potch & Polly
Publication Date: August 2002
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A delightful collaboration
Born in the company of an angel wearing a clown's nose, Potch has always woken up happy to be who and where he is. Then, when he meets Polly Pumpernickel at a masquerade ball, he does a double backflip, but it's his heart that really goes for a whirl. Polly goes for a whirl, too, and winds up in a fountain after a dance-gone-wrong with Potch. One catastrophe follows another as Potch tries to win her affection. Just when things look utterly hopeless, Polly realizes that Potch isn't merely another annoying short bald guy, and she comes up with a plan of her own
Steig and Agee make a perfect match of story and pictures in this laugh-out-loud love story. William Steig is the award-winning author of numerous books, including, most recently, Wizzil. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jon Agee is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau and Milo's Hat Trick. He lives in New York City.
"This picture book has it all: a tongue-in-cheek text brimming with deliciously alliterative phrases . . .and a plot featuring two lovers who are taunted by twists of fate and turns of slapstick humor . . . Steig's delivery is flawless and funny as outrageous plot turns are blanced by straight-forward, almost staccato language . . . The hilarious artwork expands and enhances the text . . . A sublimely sill and thoroughly satisfying love story." - Starred, School Library Journal