Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the Caldecott-Medal-winning book "e;Finding Winnie,"e; created standout illustrations for this timeless picture book. Written in 1944 by Aldous Huxley as a Christmas gift for his niece, "e;The Crows of Pearblossom"e; tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow, who live in a cottonwood tree. The hungry Rattlesnake that lives at the bottom of the tree has a nasty habit of stealing Mrs. Crow's eggs before they can hatch, so Mr. Crow and his wise friend, Old Man Owl, devise a sneaky plan to trick him.
This funny story of cleverness triumphing over greed, similar in tone and wit to the work of A. A. Milne, shows a new side of a great writer. Paired with stunning illustrations by Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall, this timeless tale is sure to grab the attention of many readers adults and children alike.
Praise for "e;The Crows of Pearblossom"e;
With Huxley s mordant wit in ample supply, this tale will entertain literary novelty seekers.
Huxley s story starts good and grim just the thing to hold a young audience. "e;Kirkus Reviews"e; A rather charming children s book. The story is clever, wittily told and bristles with spiky humor and it could quite possibly become a new favorite among schoolchildren. In the reissued edition, Brooklyn-based illustrator Sophie Blackwell transforms the chapter book into a picture book. Huxley s standing as one of the grandfathers of dystopian Y.A. is already established. Perhaps the next generation will think of him as that guy who wrote about crows eggs. "e;New York Times"e; ARTSBEAT blog
A vivid picture-book edition with robust and suitably disquieting illustrations by Sophie Blackall.
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