“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
"A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions." —School Library Journal, starred review
And we're off! Announcing our first deal of 2013: Phil Bildner's picture
book THE TRASHCAN WIZARD, to Melissa Manlove at Chronicle.
Phil visited New Orleans several times after Hurricane Katrina, often
bringing groups of teen volunteers to help with the cleanup. On one of those
visits he met a woman named Katy Reckdahl, a reporter for the TIMES
PICAYUNE, who had done a feature on a man named Cornelius Washington, a
garbage man in the French Quarter who sang, danced, and performed tricks--a
"wizard of trash cans." Phil felt that Cornelius symbolized the energy and
spirit of New Orleans, and he wrote a story inspired by Cornelius that is so
catchy and rhythmic, Cornelius surely would dance to it, if he were still
alive. THE TRASHCAN WIZARD is about Cornelius himself, but also about New
Orleans, Katrina, and recovering from catastrophe.
We're so pleased that Chronicle and dynamo editor Melissa Manlove have
signed it up!
And as a side note, that reporter whose story introduced Phil to Cornelius
Washington? She gave birth to her son, Hector, while Katrina was making
landfall—and Phil is dedicating the book to him.