Great Joy (Hardcover)

By Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763649968, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2010



Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street outside Frances's apartment. When it's quiet she can hear their music, and when she looks out her window at midnight, she sees them sleeping outside. Finally the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, but when it's Frances's turn to speak, all she can think about is the organ grinder's sad eyes until a door opens just in time, and she finds the perfect words to share. With this luminous tale, Kate DiCamillo pairs with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer a timeless holiday gift.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of "The Magician s Elephant, " a New York Times bestseller"; The Tale of Despereaux, " which was awarded the Newbery Medal"; Because of Winn-Dixie, a "Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book "Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride." She lives in Minneapolis.

Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including "Thumbelina, "retold by Brian Alderson"; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane "and "Great Joy, " both by Kate DiCamillo;" The Animal Hedge" by Paul Fleischman";" Hans Christian Andersen s "The Tinderbox "and" The Nightingale, " both retold by Stephen Mitchell"; The Serpent Came to Gloucester by" M. T. Anderson; and "Hana in the Time of the Tulips" by Deborah Noyes. He lives in Pennsylvania."