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Hornbeam Gets It Done

Illustrated by Arthur Howard

About The Book

Hornbeam and his friends embark on three enterprising and entertaining new adventures in the second book in the Hornbeam series, from the creators of the Gooseberry Park, Motor Mouse, and Mr. Putter and Tabby books!

Hornbeam the moose, Eureka the goose, Cuddy the bull, and Adorabelle the skunk are the best of friends through thick and thin. And when a problem needs solving, you can always count on your friends to help get the job done!

In “March Worries,” Hornbeam is worried that the spring winds will blow away his blueberry bush and all the sweet treats he’s planning to make. When his overblown solution gets out of control, his pal Eureka is there to lend a hand.

In “Food-Shopping,” Hornbeam and his good friend Cuddy like to food-shop together every Monday. But the deliciously distracting baked goods right beside the front door get in the way of their plans. Can they find a way to outsmart the enticing cupcake display?

In “Game Night,” Eureka hosts a monthly game night for the group, where each of the friends shows up in their favorite outfits, and everyone goes home a winner!

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, Motor Mouse, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

About The Illustrator

Arthur Howard is the illustrator of the Mr. Putter & Tabby series, Gooseberry Park series, and Motor Mouse series by Cynthia Rylant; Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl; Noodle & Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon; and his own picture books including My Creepy Valentine, My Dream Dog, and When I Was Five. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 14, 2024)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665924849

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Raves and Reviews

"Good early reader fodder to get it done."

– Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/24

"The book’s charm arises from the friends’ earnest helpfulness in their daily lives and from Rylant’s attention to details about the cordial relationships that sustain them. Howard’s illustrations, created with colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache, set a gently humorous tone while bringing the quirky but lovable characters to life on the page."

– Booklist, 2/15/24

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