Marvelous Cornelius (Hardcover)

Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

By Phil Bildner, John Parra (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452125787, 44pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Author

Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children's picture books and the cocreator of Sluggers, the New York Times bestselling middlegrade chapter book serial. He lives in Newburgh, New York.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter. His books have earned starred reviews, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, and the International Latino Book Award for Best Children's Book Interior Illustrations. He lives in Queens, New York.

Praise For Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

"A new American folk hero."-School Library Connection

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero."-Kirkus Reviews

"Trumpets the power of one person's efforts in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to inspire an entire community."-Shelf Awareness, starred review

"A modern day folktale of an ordinary man who helped us become better people through his example."--Books and Whatnot

"A lovely new American folk tale."--Imagination Soup

"This is a beautiful little book that any young person would love to have. And would be great for any adult to have on their coffee table, another artistic expression of the tens of thousands of stories about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans."

"The heroics of a street cleaner - what a refreshing topic."--USA Today

"Emphasizes the vibrant life before Hurricane Katrina and makes the impact of the terrible flood."-Booklist

"A stirring story of resilience in the face of adversity."-School Library Journal