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Written by Paul Czajak
Illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh

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.

Key Selling Points:

  • A TIMELY ALLEGORY: 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.
  • GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED, COVETED ARTIST: 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
  • CRITICAL THINKING: Arlo's refusal to accept the Mayor's proclamation encourages children to think for themselves and fosters a positive attitude toward reading and books.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-9 years

Awards & Accolades

"This delicate and subversive little parable of a book, with its lyrical text and anarchic pictures, is just what we need in today's world" — Jane Yolen, award-winning children's author

"...shines a light on the importance of the written word, creativity, and the idea that even censorship cannot stop ideas from growing and blooming... a beautiful book with a beautiful message" — Emily Golightly, ESL Teacher, President of the Crystal Coast Reading Council

"This story’s optimistic view of creativity and resistance is fairly irresistible" — Kirkus Reviews

"A lovely work of art from the embossed title on the cover to the beautiful book-filled endpapers" — Writers' Rumpus

"A powerful tribute to the power of books" – Books My Kids Read

About the Contributors

Written by - Paul Czajak
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.
Illustrated by - Rashin Kheiriyeh
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.

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