Hopefully the Scarecrow

(Author) (Illustrator)

Product Details

$18.99  $17.66
Flamingo Books
Publish Date
9.3 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Michelle Houts writes from a restored one-room schoolhouse in Ohio. When she's not writing, she's either reading or kayaking. Houts has written more than a dozen picture books and novels for young readers. You can visit Michelle Houts at MichelleHouts.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @MHoutsWrites and on Facebook @MichelleHouts.

Sara Palacios is the illustrator of many books for children. She is also the recipient of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match and the Américas Book Award for Between Us and Abuela. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. You can visit Sara Palacios online at SaraPalaciosIllustrations.com.


"This is one of the BEST picture books I've read so far in 2023. Its writing is clever. The story is well-constructed. And, it made me feel warm and fuzzy things." --Pat Zietlow-Miller, author of Be Kind and Wherever You Go

"Friendship can withstand time and distance thanks to hope. Houts' precise, evocative text employs rich vocabulary and will appeal to imaginative youngsters. Palacios' enchanting illustrations combine a vivid palette of reds, oranges, greens, and blues with an irresistible retro style that lends a timelessness to images of dragons, castles, sailing ships, and tiny scarecrow heroes that accompany scenes of the girl reading aloud. A quiet, beautifully crafted friendship tale that's just right for storytime." -Kirkus reviews

"The gentle, smoothly written narrative revolves around the scarecrow, a silent, sympathetic character who asks for nothing but appreciates what he receives. The colorful, distinctive illustrations focus on the two main characters, often surrounded by a profusion of flowers that express the idyllic happiness of their times together. A simply told, emotionally satisfying picture book." --Booklist