Sometimes It's Storks (Hardcover)

By L.J.R. Kelly, Brothers Hilts (Illustrator)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399256820, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

List Price: 16.99*
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A funny, surrealist take on the classic baby delivery story
Baby delivery is a tricky business: When the top-notch stork is not available, a substitute has to step in. But a delicious-looking fish distracts him, and he misplaces the baby en route. As one animal encounter leads to another, the baby travels the world: up to the North Pole atop a whale, to Australia with migrating geese, and to the Brisbane Zoo by kangaroo, before finally landing at home.
In Sometimes It's Storks, L. J. R. Kelly and the Brothers Hilts offer a whimsical tale of animals and adventure, proposing a creative answer to the puzzling question of where babies come from.

About the Author

L. J. R. Kelly is the author of the picture book Blanket and Bear. He is Managing Director of the literary estate of his grandfather, Roald Dahl. L. J. R. Kelly studied politics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and writing at Dartmouth College. He lives and works in London.
The Brothers Hilts are Ben (the older one) and Sean (the younger one). They work as a team illustrating, designing and constantly comparing to see whose ideas are better. Sean went to Rhode Island School of Design and Ben went to Cooper Union in New York City. They now live and work in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For Sometimes It's Storks

Praise for Sometimes It’s Storks:

“A delight to read aloud, with stunning images that will add humor and surprise to storytime.”—School Library Journal

“Kelly (Blanket & Bear, a Remarkable Pair) runs with the age-old legend of baby-delivering storks as two parents describe, in doggerel verse, their child’s circuitous path to reach them.”—Publishers Weekly

“[T]his adventure of a newborn baby, ordered by a mother and father for delivery to them by a stork, drifts by air, sea, desert, and even dogsled across a vividly scattered world of savory enchantments, before arriving safely in New York. Kelly steers a nimble path via rhyming quatrains… Meanwhile, the Brothers Hilts zoom with great panache from the epic double-page spread of a delicately soaring stork flock to the magnified detail of dad’s pink-striped socks.”—Booklist