Tupelo Rides the Rails (Hardcover)

By Melissa Sweet

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618717149, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2008

List Price: 17.00*
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Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus award, Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit her online at melissasweet.net.

Praise For Tupelo Rides the Rails

"Sweet's beautifully detailed artwork, in watercolor and mixed-media, is packed with feeling and story." Booklist Starred, Jan 1 2008 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"[A] winsome tale laced with doggy humor...Fans of the popular stray-animal genre will bid her godspeed." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews

"...crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast." PW 4/21/08 Publishers Weekly

"...Sweet is a gifted storyteller, working magic in this story." Buffalo News