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This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.
The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations.The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.



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Chris Raschka

"I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork," Chris Raschka says. "I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book. ' " Chris Raschka is one of those people who knew from an early age what he wanted to be when he grew up. "It was never a question in my mind," he says. "As long as I can remember, I always knew what I would do: I would become a biologist. " Somewhere along the line, however, after having to kill a mouse with his bare hands, Chris Raschka began to change his mind. "I understood it intellectually," he says, "but I just wasn't cut out to do that. " Fortunately, Chris Raschka's squeamishness turned into a boon for the realm of children's books. He decided to shift his focus to painting and drawing, and has since produced a range of outstanding books that has PUBLISHERS WEEKLY calling him "one of the most original illustrators at work today. " Chris Raschka illustrated A POKE IN THE I: A COLLECTION OF CONCRETE POEMS, a critically acclaimed anthology that was both a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children's Book and a PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book of the Year. "I approached it with a version of the Hippocratic oath," Chris Raschka says of the playful volume. "That was my goal: do no harm to these poems, which are all beautiful. I wanted my illustrations to be little welcoming introductions--a way in. " And most recently, Chris Raschka has once again teamed up with his A POKE IN THE I partner Paul B. Janeczko to bring an equally lauded creation to poets everywhere. A KICK IN THE HEAD: AN EVERYDAY GUIDE TO POETIC FORMS teaches readers the excitement and challenge that can be found in playing by the rules of poetry. Receiving starred reviews from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, KIRKUS REVIEWS, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, and BOOKLIST, the title seamlessly unites text and art. Chris Raschka's whimsical torn-paper artwork lends thoughtful details to essence of the book-that poetry is fun.Previously, Chris Raschka turned his talents to Dylan Thomas's timeless prose poem A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, creating fluid illustrations that honor the poet's words, evoking their musical cadences and bringing a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work. Named a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children's Book, this beautiful edition "should bring Dylan Thomas's work to a new generation of children," says President Jimmy Carter. The illustrator was also a force behind I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE, a picture book cowritten by legendary children's book author Bill Martin Jr. and fellow literacy expert Michael Sampson. "My parents have always respectfully refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance," Chris Raschka says. "That's



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