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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williamsby Jennifer Bryant
Synopses & Reviews
In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouacandrsquo;s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country revealsandmdash;from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.
Praise for Hit the Road, Jack
andquot;Itandrsquo;s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouacandrsquo;s work; instead, itandrsquo;s a tribute to his spirit and his era.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;MacDonaldandrsquo;s golden-hued watercolors and pencil crayons present 1940s America as something of a paradise, with the neon diner signs and jazz clubs just as beautiful as the rolling hills and majestic mountains...andquot;
andquot;Joining the ranks of such age- and genre-defying picture books.. is this homage to Jack Kerouac.andquot;
andmdash;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
andquot;The book pays homage to Kerouac while encouraging a love of the country, writing and wanderlust through Jack.andquot;
andquot;The illustrations look like something out of a 1950s picture book, and everything andmdash; the poetry and the drawings andmdash; convey a sense of exuberance and excitement.andrdquo;
andmdash;Wired's Geek Dad
andldquo;Burleighandrsquo;s writing has a wonderful rhythm and the book reads aloud beautifully.andrdquo;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
In this picture book biography, Bryant's engaging prose and Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man who finds a way to earn a living and to honor his calling to be a poet.
This picture book biography of William Carlos Williams traces childhood events that lead him to become a doctor and a poet.
From the Publisher: A Junior Library Guild Selection. Willie loved to write-words gave him freedom and peace. But he also knew that he needed to earn a living, so when he grew up he went off to medical school and became a doctor-one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing. In this picture book biography of poet William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryant's engaging prose and Melissa Sweet's stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man whose poems about ordinary, everyday things will inspire young readers to create poems of their own.
About the Author
Robert Burleigh has written many acclaimed and award-winning books for children. He lives with his wife in Grand Haven, Michigan. Ross MacDonald is known for his editorial illustrations as well as his childrenand#8217;s books. He lives in Connecticut, where he operates Brightwork Press.
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