Great Joy

Great Joy

By Kate DiCamillo; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763629205, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

In her first picture book, America's beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo
reunites with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer readers an unforgettable holiday gift.
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on
the street corner outside Frances's apartment. Frances can see them from
her window and, sometimes, when it's quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can't stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it's Frances's turn to
speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder's sad eyes -- until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to
share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pairs once again with acclaimed
artist Bagram Ibatoulline as she presents a timeless story of compassion
and joy.

About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the author of award-winning and best-selling books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, which received a Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which was a Newbery Medal Honor book; The Tiger Rising, which was a National Book Award finalist; and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Omsk, Russia, and attended the State Academic Institute of Arts in Moscow. He has worked in fine arts, graphic arts, mural design, and textile design, and is adept at painting in different styles. This is hisfirst book for Clarion. He lives in Chichester, New York.