Bandits (Hardcover)

By Johanna Wright

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596435834, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2011



When the sun has gone down and the town has gone to sleep, the racoon bandits prowl through the night. With masks parmanently in play,
"They sneak and they creep."
"Doing just what they please."
The thieves snatch, run, and escape--always careful not to get caught.

About the Author

Johanna Wright was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. She received degrees in puppetry and children's literature and shortly after graduation moved to Brooklyn, New York. She spent many years in New York, honing her illustration skills and selling her paintings on the streets of Manhattan. Johanna has now returned to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and spends much of her time writing, painting, and searching for Sasquatch.

Praise For Bandits

Praise for BANDITS:“An amusing story to be read aloud to many a family, ‘Bandits’ has creative and charming art work from Johanna Wright as she tells the tale, making it an ideal pick for children’s picture book collections.” --The Midwest Book Review 

“…one look at Wright’s clothed raccoons, sneaking and creeping, doing just what they please, made me remember just how much I liked raccoons in any books I read as a child.” —BookPage Reading Corner

 "Working its charm in a thoroughly underhanded manner, this is the sort of quiet picture book that might sneak into a child’s pile of favorite books and catch adults unaware."Booklist, starred review “Given the chance, these bandits will easily steal readers’ hearts with their charming mischief.” SLJ

“An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal’s habits”Kirkus Reviews

"Readers are meant to cheer for the raccoons against the humans, and they will.”  —Publishers Weekly

    Praise for THE SECRET CIRCUS: “The text has a gently incantatory rhythm, while the book’s twilight colors perfectly evoke the magic hour when shadows deepen even as the lights become more luminous.”—The New York Times Book Review “This would serve effectively as a bedtime story or a classroom readaloud for a quiet moment, and the repeated phrases and simple text also make it accessible for beginning solo readers.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “The closing scene, in which a mouse slyly looks at the reader and shushes a finger, engenders a sense of inclusion in the mice’s little world, which children will recognize in their own family’s happy secrets.” —Booklist “Just right for bedtime.” —Publishers Weekly “A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together.” —Kirkus Reviews “The theme of a hidden world, universally popular with children, finds satisfying expression here. A delightful addition to any collection.” —School Library Journal