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Westward Ho, Carlotta!

Illustrated by David Catrow
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When concert halls lose their popularity, opera singer Carlotta Carusa packs up her things and takes her talent out west in this hilarious and exciting picture book from Candace Fleming.

What’s an opera singer to do when the appeal of performing in concert halls wears thin? Go west, of course! And sure as shootin’, that’s what Carlotta Carusa does. Out on the prairie, Carlotta finds all the adventure she’s been craving: snarling wolves, disastrous droughts, and that no-good skunk villain Skullneck Sam.

But fear not, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching a feisty heroine, armed with a good melody and a heap of confidence, tame the untamable. Westward Ho, Carlotta! is an outrageously silly Wild West adventure sure to make any kid as happy as a tick on a hound dog!

Michael Lionstar

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including the Bulldozer books; Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Gabriella’s Song, and When Agnes Caws, all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

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David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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