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Mad About Plaid

Jill McElmurry


List Price: 17.99*
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From the illustrator of the best-selling Little Blue Truck series comes the whimsical tale of Madison Pratt, a clever and spunky girl determined to reverse the curse of the plaid purse.

Madison Pratt is delighted to find a lonely plaid purse in the park one afternoon. It’s just the fashion statement she’s been looking for. Until—oh no! The plaid begins to spread. It crawls up Madison’s sleeve, over her jacket, and under her hat. The purse’s mad curse causes Madison—and her whole neighborhood—to turn plaid! Will Madison’s spunk and optimism help to reverse the curse before it’s too late?

Praise For Mad About Plaid

"Giggleworthy cartoon illustrations of plaid houses, cars, trees, poodles, and even squirrels capture the "plaid germ" spreading throughout the town.... A tartan twist on an old standard with plenty of humor both visual and verbal." —Kirkus

"[C]an be used to instill a sense of caution and hope in children when immersed in possibly worrisome and unfamiliar situations."—School Library Journal

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780358172444, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

About the Author

Jill McElmurry was the illustrator of many picture books, including her own Mad About Plaid, When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt and the best-selling Little Blue Truck series, written by Alice Schertle. She happily divided her time between the wide landscape of New Mexico and a green island in Minnesota. Jill passed away in August 2017.