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The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty

Karla Strambini, Karla Strambini (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Mr. Qwerty worries that his ideas might seem strange, so he keeps them under his hat. But extraordinary ideas refuse to stay hidden for long.

Norman Qwerty is a man of many ideas, and none of them are the least bit ordinary. He’s quite certain that no one else thinks the way he does, and this makes him keep to himself. But when his ideas get too big to hold in, he builds the most extraordinary thing! Soon the beloved Mr. Qwerty is never alone (unless he wants to be), and the world will never be the same. In a simple story whose intricate, quirky illustrations are teeming with fanciful inventions, Karla Strambini encourages creative kids to let their ideas out from under their hats and show the world what amazing things they have to share.

Praise For The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty

Imaginative illustrations and spare words present deep themes in this picture book. ... Strambini's detailed black-and-white pencil illustrations are filled with Rube Goldberg-like contraptions that resemble fantastical notebook doodles and are saved from monochromatic overwhelm by judiciously placed spots of color. ... The book's theme is presented subtly; this is a story that rewards multiple readings with multiple layers of understanding. A picture book that celebrates creativity and imagination…and the courage to share them.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Melbourne-based artist Strambini redefines the "thinking cap" metaphor in this visually dynamic debut. ... Strambini's playful renderings suggest an engineer's plans, scribbled in charcoal-colored pencil on a putty-and-cream background and enlivened by red and blue detailing. Mr. Qwerty's magnum opus is shown to be an enormous, bird-shaped, Rube Goldberg contraption that distributes ideas (in egg form) to the masses, subtly putting forth the idea that creativity and intellectual exploration create an atmosphere that fosters more of the same.
—Publishers Weekly

The extraordinary pencil drawings will have students exploring the unusual inventions for hours.
—Library Media Connection

Candlewick, 9780763673246, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

About the Author

Karla Strambini is an author-illustrator who lives in Melbourne, Australia. The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty is her
first book.