Esme Shapiro Illustration

ALMA AND THE BEAST

 ALMA AND THE BEAST

In stores everywhere September 2019 FROM TUNDRA BOOKS OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE!

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”Alma lives happily in her hairy world, where she can braid the trees, comb the grass, pet the roof and feed her plumpooshkie butterfly. Until one day . . . a hairless, button-nosed beast appears in the garden! At first Alma is scared but when she realizes the beast is lost and misses her hairless home, Alma offers to help her find her way back. As the two take a fantastical journey through the red-headed woods and the bearded mushroom glen to the beast's bald abode, they discover that they are much more alike than different.”

“Alma and the beast” was written and illustrated by Esmé Shapiro and edited by Tara Walker.

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PRAISE FOR ALMA AND THE BEAST

“What’s fresh is Shapiro’s distinctive way of making readers consider not only cultural norms, but everything the two have in common.” - Publisher’s weekly

“…Shapiro has written and drawn a setting like no another…Children want both consistency and adventure, and they will find it in this imaginative celebration of difference.” - Imaginary elevators

“This deceptively simple picture book offers such a delightful way to present an important and timely theme: spending time in each other’s world encourages appreciation and understanding of each other’s culture.” - School Library Connection

“Shapiro’s worlds, both hairy and human, are warmly imaginative, and young readers will love the idea that an entirely new realm might be accessible simply by climbing the right tree.” - Booklist

“…Shapiro likes to experiment with perception, the unexpected, playfulness, hand-drawn type, and quirky yet gorgeous artwork where you can see the strokes and seep of watercolors and paint, all with a fantastical quality.” -This Picture Book Life

“ …Readers will find themselves immersed in Alma’s world, journeying from one place to the next…Alma and the Beast is an excellent, profound, and highly entertaining picture book with a meaningful message at its heart. Parents, educators, and librarians will find it a valuable addition to their bookshelves.” - Young Adulting