Outside the world is bright and colorful, but Lydia's family is too busy with their gadgets to notice. She says Hello to everyone. Hello? Hello! Her father says hello while texting, her mother says hello while working on her laptop and her brother doesn't say hello at all. The T.V shouts Hello! But she doesn't want to watch any shows. Lydia, now restless, ventures outside. There are so many things to say hello to! Hello rocks! Hello leaves! Hello flowers! When Lydia comes back home she decides to show her family what she has found, and it's hello world and goodbye gadgets!
Matthew Cordell's (www.matthewcordell.com/) earliest memory is drawing George Washington on horseback, an illustration that managed to impress his brother's first grade teacher. Ever since then he has pursued his artistic passions, which eventually led him to travel to Chicago, where he met his wife, discovered his love for Children's books and started getting published. He has illustrated many picture books including, Toby and the Snowflakes, and Righty and Lefty. His first authored work is Trouble Gum, which he illustrated himself. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Julie Halpern, and daughter.
Cordell (Another Brother) outdoes himself with this silly, loving nose-tweak to digital civilization. Lydias electronic gadgets fail to charm her one afternoon, and her family membersall drawn in shades of grayare lost in their own virtual worlds. Pec Pec Pec, her father texts in an anonymous LCD font. Zap Beep Pow, chirps her brothers video game. Led outside by a stray leaf, Lydia discovers trees, bugs, flowers, and a horse who knows her name. The outdoor world appears in full color, Cordells text becomes hand-lettered, and the action unspools faster and faster. The horse carries Lydia through the flowers, picking up by twos and threes an improbable group of animal friendsa fish, a gorilla, a swan, even a whalewho chorus hello and thunder across the fields with them, until Lydias cellphone rings and everything comes to a halt. Fortunately, upon her return, Lydia is able to entice her family outside. The vision of Lydia and her escape is a glorious image of liberation; its required reading for any kid with a phone. Ages 26. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Sept.) 2012 Reed Business Information
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