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Hello, Jimmy! (Hardcover)
A funny, noisy parrot comes into Jack's life and brings him closer to his dad in an unexpected and moving way in this gorgeous, emotionally resonant picture book from the creator of Florette.
Jack loves staying at his dad’s house. They have tacos and milkshakes, and make each other laugh. But lately Jack wonders if his dad is lonely when he isn’t there. Then Jimmy arrives. Jimmy is loud and obnoxious, but Dad thinks he’s clever and funny. Jack does not think he’s clever or funny. And he’s starting to wonder if Dad likes Jimmy better than he likes Jack. This beautifully written and illustrated book about the unconditional love a parent has for a child is both heartwarming and reassuring.
About the Author
Author and illustrator Anna Walker has won numerous children’s book design and writing awards in her native Australia. The artwork and stories she’s created in her Melbourne studio have reached young readers worldwide. www.annawalker.com.au, Twitter: @basementbird, Instagram: @_annawalker_
★ "Wondrous....Walker’s artwork is delicate and understated...When Dad makes the change that’s necessary for emotional intimacy, dialogue is spare and simple, and all the more satisfying for it....A sensitive arc depicts a journey from alienation to connection." —Kirkus, STARRED review
★ "Walker (Lottie & Walter) crafts an extraordinarily imagined book, profound in its understanding of the heart, and featuring a feathered Moby-Dick at its center—a figure capable of embodying and reflecting layers of emotional significance and meaning."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Walker's succinct, eloquent prose is enhanced by her expressive gouache-and-pencil illustrations that extend the narrative with subtle visual details....With its emphasis on the importance of connection, this touching, uplifting story will resonate with many."—Booklist
"[Hello, Jimmy!] explores a wide range of emotions through expressive art....a hopeful portrayal."—Horn Book
"Walker’s gentle gouache art suits the story’s tone with soft textures and muted tones; viewers have much to explore in background details, from parrot food to Jack’s messy closet. Kids will grasp the subtextual exploration of the complexities of part-time life with a parent, and they’ll appreciate the reminder of parental love."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books