When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the Mayor’s head, the Mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo’s imagination and perseverance, the Mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. This timely allegorical tale will be a useful tool for starting conversations with children about the power of activism and the written word.
"This delicate and subversive little parable of a book, with its lyrical text and anarchic pictures, is just what we need in today's world" — Jane Yolen, award-winning children's author
"...shines a light on the importance of the written word, creativity, and the idea that even censorship cannot stop ideas from growing and blooming... a beautiful book with a beautiful message" — Emily Golightly, ESL Teacher, President of the Crystal Coast Reading Council
"This story’s optimistic view of creativity and resistance is fairly irresistible" — Kirkus Reviews
"A lovely work of art from the embossed title on the cover to the beautiful book-filled endpapers" — Writers' Rumpus
"A powerful tribute to the power of books" – Books My Kids Read