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Arthur Yorinks has collaborated with Richard Egielski on nine picture books, including Louis the Fish and the Caldecott Medal winning Hey, Al as well as joining with Maurice Sendak and Matthew Reinhart to produce the 2006 bestseller Mommy. He is also the founder and director of Night Kitchen Radio Theater and has written and directed for opera, theater, dance, and film. Arthur lives in New York City.
Richard Egielski won the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Hey, Al and has written and illustrated many other books for children including Buz and Jazper, both New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Three Magic Balls, and The Gingerbread Boy. Richard lives in Milford, New Jersey, with his wife and son.


Gr 1-3-As usual, Tony is not doing his homework. Instead, he dozes off while reading a comic book. While he sleeps, the pencil, pens, etc., on his desk come to life and decide to write a story for him. There is much banter and arguing as each one is critical of the other's contributions, but gradually everyone's efforts are melded into a final product. Their exuberance awakens Tony, who discovers the story, but seeing only splotches and messy corrections, tosses it away-only to sit down and compose one with an identical theme. The plotline is amusing as the characters interact, but it's Egielski's retro-style illustrations that steal the show. Using brightly hued watercolors and pen, the artist brings the items on Tony's desktop to life one by one. He then reverses the process as Tony awakens and the items go back to their inanimate state. The pictures are rich in detail and energy, and children will return to the story many times to enjoy them.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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