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About The Book

This is the story of a father and a son and the big, raspberry-colored, fun-loving, troublemaking best friend who brings them closer together.

About The Author

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating children’s books for over twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Spider & the Fly to chapter book series like the Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle grade series the Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold 20 million copies, been adapted into a feature film, and been translated in over thirty countries. The Norman Rockwell Museum’s exhibition “Never Abandon Imagination” featured artwork from the beginning of DiTerlizzi’s career as a contributing artist for Dungeons & Dragons and broke attendance records. He has been featured in Time magazine and USA TODAY and on CNN, PBS, NPR, the BBC, and the Today show.

About The Illustrator

Photo credit: Kim Pilla

#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating children’s books for over twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Spider & the Fly to chapter book series like the Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle grade series the Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold 20 million copies, been adapted into a feature film, and been translated in over thirty countries. The Norman Rockwell Museum’s exhibition “Never Abandon Imagination” featured artwork from the beginning of DiTerlizzi’s career as a contributing artist for Dungeons & Dragons and broke attendance records. He has been featured in Time magazine and USA TODAY and on CNN, PBS, NPR, the BBC, and the Today show.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2001)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689832352
  • Grades: K - 3
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • Young Hoosier Book Award (IN)
  • Beehive Award Master List (UT)
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award Nominee
  • Show Me Readers Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (OH)
  • Georgia Children's Picture Book Award Finalist

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