Hurry Down to Derry Fair

By Dori Chaconas; Gillian Tyler (Illustrator)
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763632083, 36pp.)

Publication Date: May 10, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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A child’s excitement about going to the county fair is carried along by bouncy, rhyming narration and breezy illustrations.

It’s opening day at Derry Fair, and young Dinny Brown can’t wait to see the carousel, the animals, the cotton candy, and the hot-air balloon. But Mama’s baking pies for the contest and Daddy’s chopping wood to sell, and it seems as if Dinny will never make it to the fair on time! Won’t someone finish up their chores and take him to the fair? Dori Chaconas and Gillian Tyler offer a rhythmic read-aloud that celebrates the delights of the county fair, culminating in a bustling panoramic gatefold that lets readers explore along with young Dinny.

About the Author

Dori Chaconas is the author of many books for children, including Virginnie’s Hat, illustrated by Holly Meade, and Don’t Slam the Door!, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. She remembers the fairs of her childhood fondly: "So much to see! So much to do! ‘Wake up! Today is the day of the fair!’" Dori Chaconas lives in Wisconsin.

Gillian Tyler has illustrated several books for children, including Froggy Went A-Courtin’. She lives with her family in Penistone, an ancient market town that holds England’s largest one-day country fair every September.

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