Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763658861, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Frances can t stop thinking about the organ grinder and monkey on the corner, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it's Frances's turn to speak, 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 and acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline present a timeless story of compassion and joy.
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.
The plotline is simplicity itself, and the text lacks any sentimentality or fluff, allowing the acrylic paintings, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's work in their warmth and realism, to enrich and expand the story.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Ibatoulline's evocative artowkr moves [the story] to a higher level. The setting is the 1940s, and the art captures the time beautifully.
—Booklist (starred review)
This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)