Great Joy

By Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

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.

  • Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline s collaboration "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" was runner up for the 2006 WOW! award.
  • A joyful Christmas story featuring traditional, atmospheric illustrations.

About the author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor winner; The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award Finalist; and four books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

About the illustrator

Bagram Ibatoulline is the illustrator of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, as well as The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M. T. Anderson, Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Deborah Noyes, The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman, The Nightingale retold by Stephen Mitchell, and Crossing by Philip Booth. He lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

ISBN: 9780763629205
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2007
Dimensions: 248 x 288mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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