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School Visit with Elliott Kalan - Virtual
Private Virtual Event
Author Elliott Kalan will be visiting schools virtually with books fulfilled by Once Upon A Time. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 48 hours in advance.
About Sharko and HIppo: With tongue-twisty wordplay and escalating absurdity, this is a fall-down-funny farce that will surprise and delight readers--from television comedy writer Elliott Kalan and acclaimed illustrator Andrea Tsurumi.
When Sharko calls for a boat, Hippo pulls out a goat.
He wants a pole, but Hippo gives him a pail.
And instead of bait, a beet and a boot!
Hippo's coat pockets seem to have everything except what Sharko asks for!
Will their fishing trip ever get off the ground?
About the author: Elliott Kalan has written for teeny toes (No! TV shows!) like Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Who Was? Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as atomic cooks (No, Hippo! Comic books!) like Spider-Man and the X-Men. He is the author of Horse Eats Frog (Hippo, it's Horse Meets Dog!). He lives with his wife and two sons in Gross Angeles (HIPPO!).
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An amazing picture book that shows the power of art. Minh Le and Dan Santat (local author!) team up to create a powerful story about family, love, and strength. All with just a few words and a lot of action on the page. I loved the way the two drawing styles came together. - Jessica