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Great Joy [Hardcover]

By Kate DiCamillo (Author) & Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
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Unable to stop thinking about the organ grinder and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street, Frances comes to their rescue in the most unexpected way during a Christmas pageant, in this beautiful story of compassion and joy. 250,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
In her first picture book, America's beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo
reunites with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer readers an unforgettable holiday gift.
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on
the street corner outside Frances's apartment. Frances can see them from
her window and, sometimes, when it's quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can't stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it's Frances's turn to
speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder's sad eyes -- until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to
share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pairs once again with acclaimed
artist Bagram Ibatoulline as she presents a timeless story of compassion
and joy.

Awards and Recognitions
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo & Bagram Ibatoulline has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award - 2008 Honor Book - Children's Picture category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo & Bagram Ibatoulline has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1284
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2007 page 97
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/22/2007 page 55
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2007 page 1156
  • Booklist - 10/15/2007 page 46
  • Christian Century - 12/11/2008 page 26
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 12/01/2007 page 170
  • New York Times Book Review - 12/16/2007 page 20
  • Newsweek - 12/24/2007 page 62

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Candlewick
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.75" Width: 10.05" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 9, 2007
Publisher   Candlewick
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  4-8
ISBN  0763629200  
ISBN13  9780763629205  

Availability  0 units.

More About Kate DiCamillo & Bagram Ibatoulline

Kate DiCamillo Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In the author's own words....

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I write for both children and adults and I like to think of myself as a storyteller.

Here are a few more facts about me: I am short. And loud. I hate to cook and love to eat. I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children (Luke, Roxanne, and Max) and one not so lovely dog (Henry).

I think of myself as an enormously lucky person: I get to tell stories for a living.

Kate DiCamillo currently resides in minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Great Joy?

Wonderful addition to my library  Feb 5, 2008
I purchased Greatest Joy for my small rural library and it was received with rave reviews from my patrons. It is a fast read and the illustrations are beautiful. The children loved it.
A wonderful story.  Jan 28, 2008
As a public librarian I have long felt that Kate DiCamillo is one of the best authors writing for children today. Her book Great Joy is another terrific addition to her body of work. Paired with the wonderful illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline again, DiCamillo gives us a lesson in what it means to care for those less fortunate than ourselves, even when that person is a stranger.

While I wouldn't place Great Joy as equal to her best work, Because of Winn-Dixie and the Tale of Despereaux, it is a worthwhile read and it has something to teach.
Great Joy  Jan 12, 2008
This proved to be an excellent choice for the "round robin" style Christmas meeting of our book discussion group. All members of the group are adults, and they were enthralled with the book's simple story line so sensitively presented, it's page size illustrations that forced readers to fully examine each picture through the "fog" that seemed to bring the illustrator's Russian background to the fore. This is a winner.
Great Joy by Kate DeCamillo  Dec 31, 2007
This book is beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written and carries a message everyone should hear. As an aspiring reading teacher, had one of my professor's read it to our class and then I bought one for myself and one for my mother in law, a kindergarten teacher. It is enchanting!
Joyous Christmas Story  Dec 21, 2007
This is a wonderful Christmas - or anytime - story. Without being preachy, it presents something important concerning the attitude we all should have towards those less fortunate in life. The illustrations are delightful.

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