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The Universe of Fair

Leslie Bulion, FRANK DORMER (Illustrator)


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For a young science whiz, an eagerly awaited day at the Fair turns into a wacky adventure with more twists and loops than the Gravity Whirl ride! Miller Sanford's parents think he's too young to explore the annual town fair alone. Hopeful that they will reconsider this year, Miller works extra hard to be nice to his little sister Penny and her friends. But when his mother can't attend the Fair and his father has to cover her volunteer booth hours as well as his own, Miller ends up with more responsibility than he can handle. Instead of enjoying a freewheeling day on his own, he is drawn into a series of mishaps involving everything from his dad's prize-worthy lemon meringue pie and his own ill-fated science fair project. Frank Dormer's kid-friendly illustrations enliven the pages of Leslie Bulion's lighthearted take on growing up and learning to be responsible.

Praise For The Universe of Fair

"This winsome effort not only lovingly celebrates the color and magic of the fair, but endearingly depicts the inner landscape of a maturing child encountering his first taste of the adult world. A cheerful and totally entertaining look at fairs, friendship and the value of family."—Kirkus Reviews

"Dormer's occasional drawings add a sense of quirky humor to the story. Bulion's book is simply told, in realistic kid language"—School Library Journal

"Bulion captures the boisterous, chaotic nature of the fair, as well as its primacy in the grade-school social calendar. Dormer's characteristically sketchy and childlike illustrations match the upbeat mood of this entertaining story."—Publishers Weekly

Peachtree, 9781561456345, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

About the Author

Leslie Bulion has graduate degrees in oceanography and social work. She has written parenting and education articles and is the author of several children's science-related poetry books and novels. When she's not writing, she enjoys exploring nature with her binoculars, hand lens, and camera; collecting specimens to examine under her microscope; or going SCUBA diving and or kayaking. Leslie lives in Connecticut.

Frank Dormer graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in illustration and divides his time between teaching and writing and illustrating children's books. His favorite word is hot dog. He lives in Connecticut.