Altogether, One at a Time

Altogether, One at a Time

By E. L. Konigsburg; Gail E. Haley (Illustrator); Mercer Mayer (Illustrator)

Aladdin Paperbacks, Paperback, 9781416955016, 79pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

Description
What do you do when your mother makes you invite the most obnoxious kid in your class to your birthday party?
- Or when you have to wait another thirty-three and a third years to see a shower of stars?
- Or your parents ship you off to fat camp?
- Or you have to share your private lunch hour with a girl who's mean to you just because of the color of your skin?
In E. L. Konigsburg's witty and perceptive short stories, four young people cope with difficult situations and, in doing so, learn something that changes their lives.


About the Author
E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. Her first two books, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," were Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books respectively. She won her second Newbery Medal for "The View from Saturday," Her many acclaimed books include "Silent" "to the Bone," to which "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" is a companion novel. These titles are available on audio from Listening Library.

Gail E. Haley is a young but prolific author and illustrator. She has fourteen books to her credit, in addition to illustrating her husband's syndicated newspaper column, "Parents and Children." Miss Haley is the mother of two children -- Marguerite, age tow, and another born shortly after she completed this book.

The idea for this book came to Miss Haley as a result of living in the Caribbean. There she found stories in which tigers and leopards appeared. These, happily, are not part of the Caribbean fauna. And so she traced the origins of these stories back to their sources in Africa. She studied African folklore and culture in preparation for writing and illustrating this book, and to capture the flavor of the languages, the people, their customs and life styles.

The woodcuts that illustrate this book were cut and printed by Miss Haley in her own print shop. She lives and works in New York with her family, surrounded by a large collection of early children's books, toys and games, cut outs and dolls, going back to the seventeenth century.



Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.


Praise For Altogether, One at a Time

"A marvelous collection, full of wry humor."
-- School Library Journal, starred review

"With E. L. Konigsburg doing the writing, you know the stories will be good."
-- Publishers Weekly