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Best Books for Kids 2020

Amazon Best Books of the Month
March: Nonfiction for Kids

Amazon Editors' Pick
Best Nonfiction for Kids

AML Picture Book Award 2020


"A stellar biography, as creepy and fun as its subject."—Kirkus, STARRED Review

"This playful picture book biography is a wonderful and unique introduction to Edward Gorey's life and work."—School Library Journal,  STARRED Review

"Mortensen's stylishly poetic prose calls attention to the element of fun in Gorey's work. Illustrator Bristol's (the Winterhouse Mysteries series) pencil and digital art evokes the sketchy black lines used by Gorey himself. Text and illustration together paint a satisfying picture of an eccentric who developed an endearing (and unusual) way of expressing himself."—Shelf Awareness, STARRED Review

"Author biographies in picture book form are difficult to do well, but Mortensen and Bristol have partnered to make this one as good as it gets. Do not miss this book!"—San Francisco Book Review

"[A] quiet affirmation that being different is interesting—and interesting stories are the very best kind."—Booklist

"Chloe Bristol’s wonderful autumn-hued pictures evoke Gorey’s figures— the elongated bodies, the hollow, exhausted eyes—in this buoyant biography for children ages 5-9."—Wall Street Journal

"How odd and how lovely: a picture book biography about an author who is unlikely to turn up in the school curriculum…. Bristol complements the mood with deep earth-toned illustrations that pay tribute to Gorey’s own work and to writers and artists he influenced.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


"Then, one day, young Edward read the whimsical Alice in Wonderland and the frightfully gruesome Dracula, one after the other."

NONSENSE! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey