This hilarious retelling of the classic Russian tale about a farmer whose turnip is impossible to pull from the ground uses simple vocabulary and is ideal for reading aloud. Its cumulative theme will soon have young readers gleefully joining in, and Irish artist Niamh Sharkey's wonderfully quirky illustrations will delight and fascinate all ages.
The Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, 1999
Children's Book Council NOT Just for Children Anymore!, 2000
Book of the Year Award Finalist, Foreword Magazine, 2000
"...an old, old tale, but this new version has to be one of the best ever... rhythmical, funny and perfectly paced" — Guardian
About the Contributors
Written by - Aleksei Tolstoy
Aleksei Tolstoy (1883-1945) was born and raised in Russia. During his four-decade literary career, he witnessed milestone historic events, both in his home country of Russia and abroad. He was a master storyteller, and wrote several children's tales as well as poems, plays and stories for adults.
Illustrated by - Niamh Sharkey
Award-winning Irish illustrator Niamh Sharkey works in oils on a gessoed textured background to create the richness in color that has quickly established her as a world class illustrator. She graduated in 1994 with First Class Honors from the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin, and was chosen as "Student of the Year" in the Graphics category by the Society of Designers in Ireland. Niamh now lives in Dublin, Ireland.