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March 2019 Juvenile Fiction

The Farmer
By (author): Ximo Abadia
9780823441587 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) to K JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Mar 19, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 10.86 x 7.8 x 0.4 in | 0.8 lb 40 pages Holiday House
A farmer’s hard work is rewarded in this eco-friendly and elegantly illustrated picture book.

A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year!

In the town, everyone is sleeping. But not Paul.

Paul mows. Paul rakes. Paul sows. Paul draws water. And soon Paul has beautiful plants and flowers growing all around him. But one day, the water dries up. The sun beats down. Paul despairs. But thanks to his animal friends, and a bit of rain, help is on the way…

Filled with vivid illustrations of Paul’s hard work, the brilliant blooms that begin to grow, and the scorching sun that threatens to ruin his crops, The Farmer is a gentle story emphasizing the importance of perseverance—and the value of good friends.

Named to the USBBY Outstanding International Books List

A book with a subtle ecological message

Stunning art by an eminent European artist

Lovely European sensibility

Has a style reminiscent of Isabelle Aresnault

Farm-to-table movement tie-in

Slow food movement tie-in

Printed on matte paper

Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics.  He was a finalist for the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrator Competition. Ximo’s magazine covers, editorial art, and work in advertising are familiar throughout Europe. His clients include Templar, SM, Edelvives, Sins Entido, Impedimenta, Flamboyant, Free Will, Diabolo, Tribe, Dibbuks, TTT, Takatuka, El Español, Malpensante, Sixth Floor, Panenka Magazine, and The Tide.

Author Residence: Madrid, Spain


Online Advertising on Plant and Ecological Websites

Social Media Campaign focused on Earth Day


F&G Distribution at Conferences and Trade Shows

Librarian & Educator Outreach

Educator’s Guide

Library Award Submissions including Batchelder

Feature on


Prepublication Buzz Campaign

National Review Coverage including Pitch for Earth Day Round-ups and Science Media

In-store Planting Event with a NYC Plant Nursery (The Sill) and pitch for additional authorless events

“A gorgeous picture book with a message that will resonate with young readers.”—School Library Journal

“[Abadia’s] naïve compositions convey a winsome bemusement that never mocks…. Gentle humor is visual, as when a succession of Pauls peer from a series of mole holes. Compositions, all done on yellow paper, are striking: Mirroring the spread with the enormous sun is an equally mammoth moon that silhouettes Paul’s tiny house; in another, Paul stands level with the bottom of the dry well looking up, the bucket resting in futility at the bottom of the aquifer. Charmingly unassuming, rather like Paul himself.”—Kirkus Reviews

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