Kevin Henkes The Lilly Book & Toy Box

ISBN 13: 9780688164379

The Lilly Book & Toy Box

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A hardcover edition of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is specially packaged with a six-inch Lilly doll, who comes complete with removable red boots and a purple plastic purse.

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Ever since Lilly first appeared on the scene in Kevin Henkes's beloved books, kids have loved this rambunctious rodent for her unquenchable spirit, her slightly defiant nature, and her all-too-human emotions, from jealousy to anger to remorse. (She didn't really mean to draw a nasty picture of her favorite teacher when he temporarily confiscated her lovely yet disruptive, music-playing purse!) This adorable, 7-inch-tall, anything-but-mousy mouse leaps straight from the pages of the award-winning, bestselling Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse--complete with purple plastic purse (which opens and closes, so you can actually put three jingling quarters in it), removable clothes, star-studded red vinyl boots, a red cape, and a yellow felt crown. Each tall gift package comes with one Lilly mouse and one hardcover edition of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. This spitfire mouse will be a sure-fire hit! (Ages 4 and older)

About the Author:

Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His novels include Protecting Marie and Words of Stone. Among his picture books are Owen, a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse; and Julius, the Baby of the World.In His Own Words...

"I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it â that made me love it all the more."

"I also loved books, and the ones I was lucky enough to own were reread, looked at over and over, and regarded with great respect. To me great respect' meant that I took them everywhere, and the ones I still own prove it. They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high crayon lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings."

"I wondered about authors and illustrators back then â What did they look like? Where did they live? Did they have families? How old were they? â but I never imagined that one day I would be one myself."

"I became an author-illustrator when I was nineteen years old. I flew from my home in Racine, Wisconsin, to New York City with my portfolio, hoping to find a publisher. And magically enough Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books made my dream come true. My first picture book, All Alone, was published in 1987. Since then I've written and illustrated many picture books and written several novels. I like the variety of trying new ways to fill the pages between two covers. Experimenting with words and paint and ink keeps my job interesting."

"I used to live with my parents and brothers and sister and work at a card table in my bedroom. Now I live with my wife, my son, and my daughter in our own house and work at a drawing table in my own studio. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to be a real author and illustrator. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

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