Tony Baloney is a macaroni penguin� begins this odd duck of a picture book, and he likes fish tacos and Little Green Walrus Guys. If that doesn�t make a whole lot of sense to you, well, buckle up. In the world of Tony Baloney�the troublesome middle child in a family of penguins�nonsense and exaggeration are par for the course. When they play, Tony�s big sister always gets to be the Boss of the World, while Tony always has to be the kitty. (No, this doesn�t make sense, but kids� play worlds rarely do) Frustration leads to acting out, and soon Tony is commiserating with his stuffed animal Dandelion inside their cardboard box hideout: �After Tony Baloney has been in the hidey-space for maybe a year, or twenty minutes, he feels a teensy bit lonely, and Dandelion feels a teensy bit like apologizing.� Ryan fills the story with memorably random details (what�s up with everyone�s obsession with Parmesan cheese?), and Fotheringham�s digitally rendered illustrations give things a Crayola-bright pizzazz. Totally goofy, but totally fun. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus
About the Author
Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.
Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at www.edfotheringham.com.