Author(s): Daniel Hahn
A cauliflower hat, a fish bonnet, a few large animals, a flying boar called Melvin, and a whole lot of watermelons come together in this wacky tale told in rhyme To the villagers who watch her going about her day, it is clear that Miss Jolly is irritatingly happy. Her never-ending cheerfulness leaves three of her neighbors highly confused and jealous, driving them to ridiculous and hilarious measures in an attempt to compete with Miss Jolly in the happiness--and headgear--stakes. Beautiful and insane in equal measure, this wacky book follows three local busybodies on their journey to discover the secret of true happiness.
"With colorful illustrations and a funny storyline this tale is great at capturing how nosy neighbors really can be. Full of creative imagination this is an inspiring story to be loved by all, particularly those who have a love for watermelons!" --"Booktrust"
Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator. He has translated fiction by novelists including Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Jose Luis Peixoto and Maria Duenas; and non-fiction by writers ranging from Portuguese Nobel laureate Jose Saramago to Brazilian soccer player Pele. He is also one of the editors of the Ultimate Book Guides, an award-winning series of reading guides for children and teenagers, and is currently assembling a new "Oxford Companion to Children's Literature." Stella Dreis is a children's book illustrator. Her previous titles include "The City that Went Off" and "The Princess and the Pea."