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Once Upon a Twice (Picture Book)

Denise Doyen, Barry Moser (Illustrator)


List Price: 7.99*
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This cautionary tale for mice, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky!, was a 2010 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award winner. What will happen to the brave mouse Jam when he breaks the rules and goes for a moonlit adventure against the advice of the elder mice?

Award-winning illustrator Barry Moser has created a dark and vivid mouse world to complement Denise Doyen's clever nonsense words and rhyming prose that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. A rollicking yarn with a classic feel that is sure to please children AND adults.

Praise For Once Upon a Twice (Picture Book)

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009:
"Undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2009:
"This wonderful book is a marvelous read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again."

Review, Booklist, July 1, 2009:
"This handsome book offers a terrific opportunity for a capable narrator to deliver a captivating read-aloud."

Syndicated Review, The New & Observer (Raleigh, NC), August 24, 2009:
"'Once Upon a Twice' is one of those amazing books that you and your kids will both love to read aloud for years."

Review, Newsday, October 4, 2009:
"Excellent for reading aloud, even to the youngest readers, who will just let the poetic words wash over them."

Review, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 4, 2009:
"A treat for the eye and the ear."

Review, Chicago Parent, November 2009:
"Fun to read aloud."

Dragonfly Books, 9780449817940, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

About the Author

DENISE DOYEN studied creative writing, poetry, and design at Stanford University. She earned a master's in film direction from the American Film Institute and has directed children's television for Disney. A writer at heart, she went back to school to concentrate on writing for children. 

BARRY MOSER is an acclaimed illustrator who has won a National Book Award forAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award forAppalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds, a Parents magazine "Best of the Year" for My Dog Rosie, and an ALA Notable for Whistling Dixie. The New York Timesnamed Jump Again! More Adventures of Brer Rabbit one of the "Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books," and Redbook named it a "Best Book for Children." His works can be found in special collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. Barry lives in Massachusetts.