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In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children’s literature.
Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.
About the Author
Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband and two sons, where she loves to cook, garden, and collect old oil paintings. Her books are love stories for her children, written to wrangle some smiles and with the hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all.She is the #1 bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. Visit sherririnker.com
John Rocco ? is a New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf !, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard , and Blackout , a winner of the Caldecott Honor. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard . He also was the illustrator for both #1 New York Times Bestsellers Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes . Most recently, Rocco’s his first Young Adult novel, Swim That Rock , was a finalist for the New England Book Award. http://roccoart.com/index.html
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A magical book Whether or not you're familiar with the classics MIKE MULLIGAN'S STEAM SHOVEL and THE LITTLE HOUSE (though if not, check them out!) you'll love this unique bio about their creator, author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, "Jinnee". Sherri Duskey Rinker, of bestseller GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE fame, describes Jinnee as "magical" and it's an apt description for the entire book. The text is lyrical and lovely, offering insight without slowing down the story. And the illustrations by Caldecott-Honor winning author/illustrator of BLACKOUT, John Rocco, are gorgeous - referential but entirely his own. A wonderful classroom addition to discussions of author/illustrators, and women creators. Kids will love the big machines and the little house on its move from city to country. The whole package is a stunner.