Matthew Burgess is the author of Enormous Smallness- A Story of E. E. Cummings, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, and The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock. He has been a poet-in-residence in New York City elementary schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001, and he is currently completing his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals, and he recently received an award from the Fund for Poetry. He teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBurgess. Shahrzad Maydani is an illustartor and storyteller living and working in Berkeley, CA. She was raised in Africa by an Iranian mother and English father and spent her childhood collecting and telling stories. She now spends her days frantically making up worlds to keep her toddler happy. Follow her on Twitter @shazmaydani and on Instagram @shahrzadmaydani.
Nico's vulnerability and his calm self-confidence are a heady, relatable, contradictory combination of qualities that we all possess but don't often recognize. This is a powerful and effective message, and readers are in for a treat. --Booklist, starred review