Illustrated by :Magenta Fox
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Dimensions:11.31in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb
Page Count:32 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
STAR CREATIVE TEAM: Zadie Smith is one of most beloved and lauded bestselling authors of our generation, and this book shows that she speaks to the hearts of audiences of all ages. Co-written with Nick Laird and introducing debut illustrator Magenta Fox, The Surprise hails a new chapter for a powerhouse team.
BE YOURSELF: After a bit of a bumpy ride, the Surprise learns that there’s nothing more important than being yourself and embracing what makes you different (and, ideally, odd!)
BULLYING AND EMPATHY: The other pets the Surprise encounters learn that making someone feel singled out for their differences is unkind—everyone wins from having a rich friend group, full of varied interests and personalities.
HUMOR: Smith, Laird and Fox use humor as a tool to open up a conversation about loving what makes you different.
ADORABLE ART: With charming characters, energetic depictions of apartment life and gentle colors, Fox’s illustrations have wide appeal and complement the warm, wry prose perfectly.
STRONG PUBLISHING PARTNERS: We’ll be co-publishing with Viking in the U.S., and Puffin published The Surprise as Weirdo in the U.K. in April 2021.
". . . [A] tonally freewheeling picture book whose chatty narration and dialogue are anchored by precise, fine-lined art and vivid characterizations." —Publishers Weekly