The Children’s Book Review | October 16, 2018
The Children’s Book Review: Which five words best describe Poe Won’t Go?
Kelly DiPucchio: Preposterous, pink, powerful, playful and pachydermish.
If you had to take a vacation with one of the characters from Poe Won’t Go, who would it be? Why?
I would love to go on a safari vacation with Marigold because she seems like a great kid and her ability to communicate with animals would be helpful if we encountered a charging rhino or accidently stepped on a python.
What has been the best reaction from a reader, so far?
Most people are surprised by the ending so it’s been fun for me to watch their reactions. I’d say the best reaction would have to be the most common reaction I get and that’s laughter.
What’s on your nightstand? Any books?
For your writing energy: sugar or salt, tea or coffee?
Most definitely strong coffee and an occasional Pop-Tart.
Writing tools: computer, pen and paper, or all of the above?
All of the above, plus my three dogs. (They’re my beta readers.)
Can you tell us one more thing we may not know about Poe Won’t Go,your writing style, or yourself?
When I’m thinking about my stories and what to write, I twirl my hair into knots.
Written by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
Publisher’s Synopsis: When an elephant plants himself in the road and refuses to move, the people of Prickly Valley try all sorts of methods to get him to go-but one thoughtful little girl works up the courage to do what no one else has done: ask him.
Balancing both hilarity and sensitivity, Poe Won’t Go has the feel of a contemporary classic, reminding readers that there is power in one, power in listening, and power in being a friend.
Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | October 16, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1484790595
About the Author
KELLY DIPUCCHIO is the award-winning author of several children’s books, including The Sandwich Swap, cowritten with Queen Rania Al Abdullah and illustrated by Tricia Tusa; the New York Times best-selling Grace for President, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; and Gaston, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Visit her online at kellydipucchio.com and on Twitter @kellydipucchio.
About the Illustrator
ZACHARIAH OHORA is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, as well as The Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi. He is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books, including The Huffington Post’s Best Children’s Book of 2013, No Fits, Nilson! and My Cousin Momo!, a Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of 2015. Visit him online at zohora.com or on Twitter @ZachariahOHora.
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