In this captivating and hilarious illustrated poem, young readers will learn that a world without words is confusing and downright exhausting! Meet Robbie, who would rather hide under his desk and swing from chandeliers than read. When a sorcerer removes the words from the entire world, mayhem results. Cars crash into each other without road signs, and words literally fall off of newspapers. At home, Robbie can’t find anything to eat when he discovers that none of the food in his pantry is labeled. The boy soon realizes that life without reading is nothing to wish for.
About the Author
Denise Walter McConduit comes from a family of thirteen children and is a New Orleans native and mother of four. Her work has appeared in Essence, Black New Orleans, and the New Orleans Tribune. Currently, she serves on the advisory board of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Also the author of Pelican’s D.J. and the Debutante Ball, D.J. and the Zulu Parade, and D.J. and the Jazz Fest, she based her previous character on her son. McConduit lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
David Harrington is a native of southern California and pursued a career in illustration by enrolling in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he earned a BFA with honors. Since his graduation, Harrington has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the Pelican titles Olé! Cinco de Mayo, Chachalaca Chiquita, and Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat. He lives in Laguna Hills, California.
THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T READ
By Denise Walter McConduit
Illustrated by David Harrington
JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3
ISBN: 9781455618293 Hardcover