When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the Mayor's head, the Mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo's imagination and perseverance, the Mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. This timely allegorical tale will be a useful tool for starting conversations with children about the power of activism and the written word. AGES: 4 to 9 AUTHOR: Paul Czajak struggled with reading and writing as a kid, and never thought he'd end up writing books. But after working as a scientist for twenty years, he discovered that his creativity could no longer be contained to the laboratory. Now he hopes his books will be the seeds to a new generation of book gardeners! Paul lives in New Jersey, USA. Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, author, animation director and painter who has published more than 65 children's books around the world. Born in Iran, she is now a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and lives in Washington, DC, USA. SELLING POINTS:
Celebrates the activist power of the written word and story-making while proclaiming the ability of just one child to make a difference in the world.
Honored by 50 awards worldwide, a six-time winner of the Bologna Book Fair, and illustrator of over 65 books, Rashin Kheiriyeh uses her unique vision to create a visually arresting tale.
Arlo's refusal to accept the Mayor's proclamation encourages children to think for themselves and fosters a positive attitude toward reading and books.