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The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Illustrated by Molly Bang

The Grey Lady loves strawberries. But so does the Strawberry Snatcher, and unfortunately for the Grey Lady he is not far away and getting closer all the time.
Past flower shops and bakeries he stalks her, silently, steadily, biding his time. He pursues her by foot along haunting red-brick paths, and then by skateboard into the mysterious depths of a swamp both beautiful and terrifying.
Closer and closer he gets, and yet the Grey Lady escapes him, in fantastic and marvelously improbable ways, until, in the heart of the forest the Strawberry Snatcher discovers instead -- blackberries!
In this wordless allegory, author-illustrator Molly Bang has created a visual feast full of surprise and wonder. Her lively tale skillfully blends fantasy, suspense, and humor, and the magnificent illustrations are a treat for young and old alike.

Molly Bang was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Baltimore. She and her siblings spent summers in a scientific community by the ocean where parents worked in the labs and children learned to love the land and sea and mostly to avoid science, not realizing that science had infected them even they we rebelled against it. After studying language and literature in college, Molly became a largely self-taught artist and illustrator of children’s books, her childhood dream.

Molly Bang was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Baltimore. She and her siblings spent summers in a scientific community by the ocean where parents worked in the labs and children learned to love the land and sea and mostly to avoid science, not realizing that science had infected them even they we rebelled against it. After studying language and literature in college, Molly became a largely self-taught artist and illustrator of children’s books, her childhood dream.

Publishers Weekly The award-winning artist has conceived and realized an extraordinary picture book. Bang's illustrations are unparalleled in effects, full-color paintings and collages in which the surrealistic and the representational combine to tell a story without words.

ALA Booklist This wordless picture book depends on eerie art and high drama for holding its scrutinizers, and they will be held.

  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Agatha Award Finalist
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
  • Aesop Award
  • Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award
  • Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award

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