Roar Like a Dandelion (Hardcover)
HarperCollins, 9780062680075, 48pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
*** #1 Amazon Bestseller ***
** Four starred reviews **
* A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2019 *
From Ruth Krauss, the celebrated children’s book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published book of witty one-liners—brought to life by Geisel Honor-winning artist Sergio Ruzzier.
Dance with a leaf.
Jump like a raindrop.
Sit in the sun and shine.
Not since A Hole Is to Dig and Open House for Butterflies have we seen such electric and playful words on a page.
This imaginative story from Ruth Krauss—one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time—and celebrated artist Sergio Ruzzier is a remarkable collaboration that captures the timeless spirit of Krauss’s signature wit and humor. Paired with Ruzzier’s irresistible drawings, this story will delight readers of all ages and inspire them to roar like dandelions.
A perfect gift for the holidays, Valentine’s Day, and graduation!
“An abecedarian catalog of delights.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Each page offers its own adventure; taken together, the spreads create an irresistible, deliciously subversive invitation to turn one’s back on the tiresome.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With a nod to the fanciful, this alphabetic listing of activities invites readers’ imaginations to soar.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Ruzzier creates a visual narrative with reoccurring characters. This small gem will encourage imaginative wordplay and movement.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
About the Author
Ruth Krauss was one of the most widely celebrated children’s book authors of all time. Her long list of award-winning books includes The Carrot Seed, The Happy Day, A Hole Is to Dig, Open House for Butterflies, A Very Special House, and many others. Her books continue to be read and cherished by children throughout the world.
Sergio Ruzzier has written and illustrated many picture books, including Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories, which won a Geisel Honor. He was awarded the prestigious Sendak Fellowship in 2011. Born in Milan, Italy, he has been living in Brooklyn, New York, since 1995. Visit Sergio online at www.ruzzier.com.
Praise For Roar Like a Dandelion…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Each page offers its own adventure; taken together, the spreads create an irresistible, deliciously subversive invitation to turn one’s back on the tiresome.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With a nod to the fanciful, this alphabetic listing of activities invites readers’ imaginations to soar.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
"Ruzzier’s sweetly subversive sensibility proves to be a felicitous match. For each letter there’s a mischievous directive—aimed at anyone who’s outgrown tamer alphabetic fare. Fuzzier’s daffy creatures carry out each nutty order with unabashed flair."
— New York Times Book Review
“A natural choice for storytime…Inventive and original, Ruzzier pays homage to Krauss as well as Sendak, using a style all his own.”
"It is sublime."
— The Curious Reader
"Seussical at times, this pastel colored book is sure to spawn some disbelief as much as it provokes laughs… Overall a charming and funny book, ROAR LIKE A DANDELION explores the alphabet in a whole new way.”
— YA Books Central
“If you are looking for an interactive, movement-based book for storytime, this is your book!"
— Reader Pants
“Wondrously imaginative…An alphabetic catalogue of Krauss’s quirky, free-spirited, infinitely playfully, subtly profound prescriptions for joy and existential contentment…Page after page, letter by letter, Ruzzier’s sweet, and stubborn creatures leap and tumble along the lines of Krauss’s imagination with their joyous, mischievous magic.”
— Brain Pickings