Tupelo Rides the Rails
By Melissa Sweet
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618717149, 40pp.)
Publication Date: April 2008
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Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.
Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine children’s books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.
"Sweet's beautifully detailed artwork, in watercolor and mixed-media, is packed with feeling and story." Booklist Starred, Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"[A] winsome tale laced with doggy humor...Fans of the popular stray-animal genre will bid her godspeed." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews
"...crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast." PW 4/21/08 Publishers Weekly
"...Sweet is a gifted storyteller, working magic in this story." Buffalo News