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The Wall in the Middle of the Book
By (author): Jon Agee Illustrated by: Jon Agee
9780525555452 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Oct 02, 2018
$23.99 CAD
Active 8.88 x 11.75 x 0.44 in 48 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this clever, amusingly meta picture book by the acclaimed creator of It’s Only Stanley

There’s a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero—a young knight—is sure that the wall protects his side of the book from the dangers of the other side—like an angry tiger and giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn’t seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water that are emerging on his side. When he’s almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual who isn’t as dangerous as the knight thought—from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer after all!

Breaks the Fourth Wall: The knight talks directly to the reader, and the book’s gutter becomes a literal wall in this playful, meta story that is laugh-out-loud funny (as in the popular The Monster at the End of This Book).

An Allegory for Our Time: The knight in the story eventually discovers that the strangers on the other side of the wall aren’t the threatening creatures he imagined them to be, and so this book is a persuasive allegory of prejudice, xenophobia, and immigration.

Masterful Jon Agee: Brilliant in his use of the page turn, visual storytelling, and deadpan humor, Jon Agee’s recent books have all been acclaimed. It’s Only Stanley won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and his newest, Life on Mars, has received three starred reviews.

Rewards the Re-reader: There are plenty of funny details—secondary visual storylines—to notice as you read the book a second, third, and tenth time. Kids will love pointing them out to the grownups.

Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner It’s Only Stanley and the ALA Notable Books Little Santa, Terrific, Milo’s Hat Trick, and The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, and a series of popular wordplay books including the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog! Jon grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York, and went to college at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and filmmaking. Now a full-time author, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Audrey.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

Author Hometown: Nyack, NY

Marketing: National author tour

National media campaign

8-copy floor display with signed copies (9780525544043)

Oversized standee (9780525544159) encouraging kids to write messages to the ogre on the other side of the wall

Social advertising

Online and social media promotion

Feature at summer and fall school & library conferences


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