Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375867651, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Written by the acclaimed author of "The Phantom Tollbooth, " this Amazon Best Picture Book of the Year is a simply told story about a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends. With whimsical illustrations by award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas, here is a read-aloud that's great for storytime, and is sure to be a hit among fans of Juster, Karas, and anyone who is "the new kid on the block.
G. Brian Karas has illustrated many children s books, including "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" And "Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! "by Candace Fleming; "Incredible Me" by Kathi Appelt; the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant; and "Ivan "by Catherine Applegate, which was a "New York Times "bestseller. His books have been named ALA Notables, Booklist Editor Choices, SLJ Best Books, and Boston Globe Horn Book Honor books. He lives in upstate New York. Visit him online at GBrianKaras.com.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2011:
"...this ingenious foray into breaking into a new neighborhood makes for an amusing and appealing story."
Starred Review, Booklist, October 15, 2011:
"The story’s simple charm comes to life in Juster’s well-paced, spare language. Karas’ deft mixed-media sketches carry remarkable weight. A harmonious blend of text and illustration, this is a warm, reassuring choice for all children who know the anxieties that come with big life changes."