Miss Emily (Hardcover)
Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763657345, 134pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
When an invitation to join Miss Emily in the garden appears, Mattie, Ned, Sally, and Mac know they re in for some fun because Miss Emily Emily Dickinson to the rest of us always has a surprise in store for her young friends. And today's may be the biggest adventure yet. In Burleigh Muten's suspenseful story, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Matt Phelan, Mac, the youngest member of the group, tells what happens when a reclusive poet and her band of pretend Gypsies wait for the midnight circus train to arrive.
About the Author
Matt Phelan is the author-illustrator of the highly acclaimed graphic novel "The Storm in the Barn, "winner of a Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction; "Around the World, "a Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominee; and "Bluffton." He lives in Philadelphia."
Praise For Miss Emily…
"Miss Emily" is Emily Dickinson, and Mutén’s novel, appropriately penned in free verse, presents the poet as an engaging, warm, and somewhat whimsical personality. ... Phelan successfully uses softly muted black-and-white pencil sketches to capture this suspenseful tale of a midnight adventure. They gently imbue this charming story with a wonderful mix of humor and daredevilry.
—School Library Journal
Uplifting and clever, Mutén’s tale also includes a layer of biographical detail sure to tantalize Dickinson lovers everywhere.
[T]his slim verse novel celebrates the joys and troubles of a simpler time. Mutén’s free verse moves apace, capturing both the romance of the adventure and the plain beauty we associate with Dickinson’s poetry. For their part, Phelan’s graphite sketches, each identified by the line of text it depicts, convey an atmosphere of old-fashioned zeal. Based on actual relationships and events, this fantastical outing will foster curious readers’ imaginations
The tale has a measure of old-fashioned charm.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books