Paper John (Paperback)

By David Small, David Small (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374457259, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1989

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/2001)
Paperback (9/1/1998)

List Price: 8.99*
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Paper John moves to a little town by the edge of the sea and makes his living folding beautiful paper flowers, birds, and boats. HE is so skilled he even makes a paper house to live in. And he is so gentle and good-natured that the townsfolk all agree he could get along with the devil himself. But when a devil comes to town, Paper John's skill and patience is put to the test as he does battle with the devil and his one devilish trick. Lively full-color paintings add to all the fun.
David Small is the illustrator of many books for children, including Anna and the Seven Swans, a Booklist Editor's Choice and a School Library Journal Best Book for 1984. His most recent book, Imogene's Antlers, is a 1986 Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. This is his first book with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Mr. Small lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Praise For Paper John

"A strange, gentle fellow comes to a town by the sea. Paper John folds paper into all sorts of shapes-flowers, kites, even houses and furniture. By accident he catches a small gray devil on his fishing line...An enchanting fable told with economical language and imaginative illustrations."--The New York Times Book Review