Happy County Book 1
Hello, World! is a vibrant, graphic picture book compendium for preschoolers set in a Richard Scarry-inspired environment by Geisel Award-winning creator Ethan Long.
Welcome to Happy County, where everyone is out and about! The Bright Brothers are testing their newest invention. Hannah the Handywoman is hunting for her hammer. And Mr. Rhinehorn is just trying to get some sleep!
This primer compendium is chock-full of lovable characters—from Tina Tusker the County Commissioner to Dottie the Dog Walker and Cheese Louise—living in a busy, spirited world full of landmark early-childhood subjects: first words, colors, numbers, shapes, simple maps, naps, school, and plenty of funny scenarios to keep little ones turning the pages. Interactive and on point for the preschool audience.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Praise For Hello, World!: Happy County Book 1…
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award List Selection
"Brimful of fun and sure to inspire many repeat readings."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Much like Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town, Happy County is populated by a cast of cartoon animals with goofy names and a proclivity for getting into trouble . . . Amid Long’s engaging stories, interactive interstitials offer prompts to spell short words, sing, and seek and find various objects."—Publishers Weekly
"Long ventures into Scarry territory with elevated, cartoon-style overviews of Happy County . . . Young visitors will indeed be inclined to “Come back soon!” as the billboard on the road out urges." —Booklist
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781250191755, 48pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
About the Author
Ethan Long is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including Hello, World!, Sun and Moon Together, and Cars, Signs, and Porcupines, Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Happy County series, as well as Tickle the Duck, Fright Club, Valensteins, Fangsgiving, Chamelia and Up, Tall and High!, for which he received the Geisel Award. He is the illustrator of Dump Truck’s Colors and Cement Mixer’s ABC, two board books in the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series. He is also the creator of the animated, Emmy-nominated series Tasty Time with ZeFronk. Ethan lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.