From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Zany pen-and-ink illustrations make a delightful accompaniment to Johnston's rambunctious text in this engaging picture book. Somewhere in the Himalayan Mountains, Mama and Papa shrilly bemoan their baby's stubborn refusal to eat. A witch materializes out of nowhere and instructs them to get some yak juice for the child. In exchange for this helpful advice, she expects her "heart's desire." ("She had no heart. She was a liar.") They impetuously agree, Papa successfully tracks a yak, and the infant grows fat and jolly on its milk. Eventually, the witch returns to collect her fee-"Give me the brat!"-but the loyal yak saves the day. Raglin uses perspective and space to good effect, which contributes considerably to the overall mood of the book. The art is finely detailed and imbued with personality. Repetitive key phrases crop up in big, boisterous typefaces throughout the story, begging for group participation. This fun-filled offering will make a sterling addition to most collections.Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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About the Author
is the beloved author of more than one hundred books for young readers. Her numerous award-winning books include Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella
illustrated by James Warhola, The Iguana Brothers
illustrated by Mark Teague, and The Quilt Story
illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Tony lives with her family in San Marino, California.