New in Town
Author: Kevin Cornell
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
One fine morning, the people of Puddletrunk wake up to find their bridge has collapsed. They are not surprised. After all, termites have destroyed the last 200 or so bridges. Luckily, the people of Puddletrunk have a bridge-building expert in their town: the fabulous Mortimer Gulch, who will gladly rebuild their bridge for a pretty penny. But when a newcomer to Puddletrunk does not want to pay for the repairs, Mortimer is displeased. To make matters worse, this unusual foreigner has some innovative ideas that threaten to upend Mortimer Gulch's entire business . . .
Here is a whimsical yet timely picture book allegory about what new people with new ideas can bring to communities.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
In The News
"When the town finally overcomes its bridge dilemma, 'Everyone enjoy[s] themselves immensely!' Readers will, too. A towering achievement." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Pure entertainment is on offer here; there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing an evildoer get his comeuppance and an unlikely hero prevail, and Cornell delivers." —Publishers Weekly
"Here’s a classic David vs. Goliath tale, with a twist—or possibly more than one...The book’s success lies in the sliminess of Mr. Gulch; the surprise outcome; the many clever details in the illustrations (including a blueprint that reveals what the repairman intended, all along); and the mismatch between the narration and the story being told in the illustrations. The palette’s lurid colors, the exaggerated figures, even the curlicue font all match and reinforce the over-the-top, funny, and many-times-pore-over-able story."—The Horn Book