“We are wild and fierce. We do not wait for invitations.” It’s time for the annual family reunion, and the dozens of cousins are running wild like beasties. Like hungry ogres! They hug fluttering aunts and soft-spoken elders, play in the creek, shimmy up trees, take “double-dog dares,” and devour “the sweet juiciness of the world” along with hot dogs and watermelon. Hilarious side stories unfold in Catrow’s fantastically colorful, chaotic spreads that gambol and splash with comical caricatures of grinning kinfolk large and small. A lively, lyrical celebration of the sweet, sweet abandon of running amok among those who love you best.
About the Author
Shutta Crum, formerly a librarian, currently writes full time. Among other picture books, she is the author Thunder-Boomer (Clarion), which received four starred reviews, was nominated for a Cybil Award, and was an SLJ Best Book, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Shutta was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and lives with her husband in Michigan. Her website is www.shutta.com.
David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!, both written by Karen Beaumont, Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum, Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, and Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms. He lives in Ohio. Visit his website at www.catrow.com.
"A spirited, loving depiction of extended familial bonds." —Kirkus
"An annual family reunion brings together a passel of carefree cousins in this joyful pairing of Crum's (Mine!) comically heroic verse with Catrow's (Have Fun, Molly Lou Mellon) equally rollicking pictures. . . . A triumphant ode to family in all of its messy, quirky glory." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Author and illustrator together have captured the manic energy of cousins unleashed." —School Library Journal
"It's an exuberant and comfortable time with family, and many kids will relate. A spirited real-aloud for summertime fun." —Booklist