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Malo and the Merry-Go-Round

Maria Dek


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It's a beautiful day and Malo has promised to help his best friend Poto make pickles. But when Malo hears there's a new merry-go-round in the forest, all bets are off. Abandoning Poto, he rushes through the forest, ignoring a boar in need of help, snapping at a cuckoo, and smooshing a dung beetle's dung. When he finally finds the merry-go-round, Malo realizes that riding alone would be no fun at all. Lucky for Malo, his friend Poto not only forgives him, but also helps him set his other wrongs right with the forest animals. This delightfully offbeat tale, set in a whimsical forest of giant mushrooms and towering trees, teaches the importance of saying "I'm sorry," forgiveness, and friendship.

Praise For Malo and the Merry-Go-Round

"Dek's fablelike text offers enough detail that readers will be a step or two ahead of Malo as he learns his lesson (and they will love the slapstick). Its moral clarity, coupled with vibrant watercolor images against white space, makes this picture book a good text to use with groups. A warm story about the importance of companionship and forgiveness."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Dek's text has a quaint folktalelike quality to it, with a redeeming lesson at the end about the benefits of being a faithful friend and apologizing for past transgressions." - School Library Journal

"Selfishness and rudeness lead only to loneliness in this joyously offbeat fable. Dek's eccentric visual humor and playfulness make for an amusing parable."
- Publishers Weekly

"A feel-good story with wonderful captivating artwork that will be an instant favorite."
- New York Journal of Books

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- Architectural Digest

"[A]n excellent resource for the backyard gardener or the professional florist, is also an exquisite photography book for anyone who appreciates the art of floral design. This beautiful photography book of floral arrangements is also a thorough guide to designing one's own." -
Shelf Awareness

"This cocktail of the unusual will undoubtedly keep children engaged and make them laugh."
The I Newspaper (UK)

"If you want to learn the art of floral arranging, this book is for you. If you delight in sumptuous images of delphiniums and dahlias, this book is for you. And if you crave an engaging read on the art and history of floral design, this book is for you....This book is a treat for the senses, and a smart and sensible guide for anyone interested in elevating the art of floral design."
- American Craft Magazine

"Geall's elegant collection of essays illustrated with 90 images of arrangements she grew, designed and photographed."
- Florists' Review

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616898755, 34pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

About the Author

Maria Dek lives and works in Białowieża, a village located in the oldest forest in Europe, where she creates original and expressive watercolor illustrations that stir the reader's imagination. Her prior books include A Walk in the Forest, When I am Big and Look, It's Raining. She holds degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and University of the Arts London.