Oddly (Hardcover)

By Joyce Dunbar, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763642747, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009



When a little boy bursts into their world, three unusual creatures find answers to their questions in this whimsical story from a stellar pair.

The Lostlet twirls a golden leaf and asks, Where am I? What do I hope for? The Strangelet holds a smooth white pebble and wonders, What am I? What do I dream of? The Oddlet listens to a seashell and muses, Who am I? What do I wish for? Lost in their own worlds, the creatures are powerless to fi nd answers, until a small boy appears who seems stranger, odder, and even more lost than they. As the three creatures comfort the child, they discover their hearts' desires -- while their new friend finds surprising ways to make all their dreams and wishes come true.

About the Author

Joyce Dunbar is the author of many books for children, including THE MONSTER WHO ATE DARKNESS, illustrated by Jimmy Liao, and SHOE BABY, illustrated by her daughter, Polly Dunbar. Joyce Dunbar lives in England. Patrick Benson has illustrated dozens of children's books, including OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell and Herman Melville's MOBY-DICK, edited by Jan Needle. He lives in England.