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This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books-John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. Newbery-for whom the prestigious Newbery Medal is named-became a celebrated author and publisher, changing the world ofchildren's books forever. This book about his life and legacy is as full of energy and delight as any young reader could wish.
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Michelle Markel writes informative, enjoyable children's books at her home in Los Angeles. Nancy Carpenter has illustrated over 30 books for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.


"Effervescent."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "Boisterous! Spirited pen-and-ink art perfectly captures period detail and changing attitudes toward child-rearing. "--San Francisco Chronicle "Engaging and irreverent, smart and fun."--Cool Mom Picks "A stellar introduction to 'the father of children's literature, ' and a glorious example of dynamic bookmaking."-School Library Journal, starred review "Effervescent."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "This delightful book gives us perspective about a relevant part of history, kids' books."--Imagination Soup "A delightful romp for all>"--Common Sense Media

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