The Adventures of Granny Clearwater & Little Critter (Hardcover)

By Kimberly Willis Holt, Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator)

Christy Ottaviano Books-Henry Holt and Compan, 9780805078992, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2010



The Clearwater family is heading west in their covered wagon. But when Granny and Little Critter are accidentally thrown from the back, they are suddenly on their own. Full of determination and armed with a taste for adventure, the plucky pair set out to find the rest of the Clearwater clan. On the way, they catch an infamous thief, deliver mail on a pony express, and pan for gold to name just a few of Granny and Little Critter's daring feats. Set in the Wild West circa 1800s, here's a larger-than-life story about a fearsome duo.

About the Author

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy Brat, Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, including The Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world--from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.Laura Huliska-Beith wrote and illustrated The Book of Bad Ideas, and illustrated The Worst Best Friend and The Recess Queen. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Praise For The Adventures of Granny Clearwater & Little Critter

“Whoo-hoo for this rollicking ride!” --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review


“This is a wonderful tall tale, told with plenty of humor and enhanced by colorful collage illustrations.” --School Library Journal


“Part tall tale, part history lesson, Holt’s latest picture-book adventure features lots of homespun humor and playful language.” --BCCB