Great Joy

Great Joy Cover

Great Joy

By Kate DiCamillo; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

Description
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 acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. His first book was Philip Booth's "Crossing", named a 2001 Best Book by "Publishers Weekly".He is best known for his books with Kate di Camillo, "The Miraculous Journey ofEdward Tulane", and "Great Joy". Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.