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Mystery Bottle

Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, Mystery Bottle is a delightful picture book about a boy in Brooklyn and his grandfather in Iran that shows us that love has no borders.

A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.

About The Author

Designer, author, and illustrator Kristen Balouch has created almost a dozen award winning books for children, including If You Are the Dreamer and One Million Trees. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (July 26, 2022)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623718244
  • Ages: 3 - 7

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Raves and Reviews

“Although grandson and grandfather live far from one another, readers will understand that the bond between the generations conquers any distance.”

– Publisher's Weekly

“Delightfully dynamic cut-paper-style illustrations, scattered with cultural details of Brooklyn and Tehran … Sweet, magical and visually fascinating.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“A brown paper parcel arrives in Brooklyn and upon opening it, a young boy finds a small bottle with a rolled-up map tucked inside. He soon discovers the jar is magical as it emits a strong wind that sends him on a trip around the world. VERDICT [This] title will spark imaginations and intrigue youngsters.”

– School Library Journal, Starred Review

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