Bartleby Speaks!

Written by Robin Cruise; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Bartleby Huddle is a sweet, happy child. He gurgles and coos, giggles and laughs, but he hasn’t said a single word—not baby, not peekaboo, not even MINE! The rest of the noisy Huddles— Mama, Papa, and big sister Isadora—outdo themselves trying to make Bartleby say . . . something! It’s only wise Grampy Huddle who understands that Bartleby will speak in his own good time. And when he does speak, they’d better listen!

Exuberant art perfectly captures the hilarious antics of this boisterous family as it learns a lesson from its youngest member and discovers the joys that can be experienced by the simple act of listening.

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“The whole family will enjoy this one and it's a great story for bedtime.”The News & Observer

Hawkes’s energetic illustrations will elicit smiles, especially at the notable resemblance between Bartleby’s ears and his grandfather’s. The characters’ expressive eyes, including the dog’s, add to the humor. Youngsters will wait with great anticipation for the hilarious conclusion and ask for repeated readings.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“Hawkes’s (The Road to Oz) clear, sunny watercolors lift the story to pleasing heights” —Publishers Weekly

“Through a blend of text and clever, energetic illustrations that goes beyond the words, Cruise and Hawkes let readers know that there’s more than one way to communicate.” —Booklist

“Hawkes accompanies Cruise’s gently pointed text with characteristically comic line-and-color cartoons, varying vignettes with full- and double-page spreads that focus readers’ attention exactly where it needs to be, modulating noise and silence through artful pacing.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Riotous illustrations.” The Horn Book


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Written by Robin Cruise; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

ROBIN CRUISE’s noteworthy books include Little Mamá Forgets, a Booklist Editors’ Choice. She lives in Kirkland, Washington. KEVIN HAWKES’s many award-winning picture books include Granite Baby by Lynne Bertrand, selected a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book. He lives in Gorham, Maine.

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Bartleby Speaks!
Written by Robin Cruise; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374305147
ISBN10: 0374305145
Picture Book
10 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$16.99
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