Return to Augie Hobble (Hardcover)
Roaring Brook Press, 9781626720541, 288pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
About the Author
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including the Kate Greenaway Medalist There Is A Tribe of Kids, and A Perfect Day.
He is also the author of the middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble, as well as author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green and runaway New York Times bestseller It's a Book which has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996, Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.
In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators. He lives in rural Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach.
Praise For Return to Augie Hobble…
“Does an impeccable job of introducing heartbreak while keeping the mood light.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun.” —Kirkus, starred review
“Smith huffs and puffs and blows the roof off his first novel. . . Bravo!” —Booklist, starred review
“Like the late comic master Terry Pratchett, Smith knows how to make profound points lightly as he holds a funhouse mirror to the larger world.” —The Washington Post
“An emotionally resonant reflection on friendship and loss.” —BCCB
“This unusual, ultimately exultant story is tinged with the supernatural and heartbreaking at its core.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The incomparable Lane Smith stomps triumphantly into the middle school playground with his first novel.” —The New York Times Book Review