THE GREAT HENRY HOPENDOWER
For fans of Grandpa Green, a young boy remembers his much-loved grandpa in this touching story about family, memory and everyday magic.
This heartwarming story is a celebration of the magic that surrounds us all and the people we love most.
· AWARD-WINNING MUSICIAN WITH ROCK STAR FOLLOWING: Hailed by the New York Times as "the Judy Blume of kiddie Rock," Justin Roberts is a Grammy-nominated musician and an "all-star" of the family music scene. He tours year-round, promoting his music and debut picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade.
· CHARMING ART FROM AN EXCITING NEW TALENT: Deborah Hocking's delightful illustrations bring to life this heartfelt tale of grandpas and grandsons and the magic of memory.
· HONEST TREATMENT OF HEAVY SUBJECT MATTER: Roberts' debut picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (illustrated by Christian Robinson), dealt with the serious issue of bullying with grace and humor. In this story, Roberts delivers another important message as Henry faces the loss of his grandpa--a difficult but significant part of growing up that will resonate with kids and their parents.
Grammy-nominated, Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, dishing out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he's featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on a World Series broadcast. He's also garnered kudos and raves from national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune.
Deborah Hocking is a children's illustrator who lives in Portland, Oregon. She studied art in college but it wasn't until a professor introduced her to Lisbeth Zwerger's The Gift of the Magi that she knew she wanted to be a picture book illustrator. She spent six years working at a retreat center in France as chief cook and bottle washer (literally and figuratively), but now she has the incredible privilege of spending her days drawing for children, chasing magic. Henry Hopendower and Other Truly Impossible Things is her debut.