Description

Caldecott medalist Matthew Cordell debuts his first early reader series about two best friends who are as different from each other as can be.

Cornbread LOVES planning. Poppy does not. Cornbread ADORES preparing. Poppy does not. Cornbread IS ready for winter. Poppy…is not. But Cornbread and Poppy are the best of friends, so when Poppy is left without any food for the long winter, Cornbread volunteers to help her out. Their search leads them up, up, up Holler Mountain, where these mice might find a new friend…and an old one. Celebrating both partnership and the value of what makes us individuals, young readers will find this classic odd-couple irresistible as they encounter relatable issues with humor and heart. 

Publishing simultaneously in hardcover and paperback.

Praise

★ "A rewarding choice for young readers." —Booklist, starred review

 

★ "Cornbread and Poppy are endearing characters, poised to join the ranks of other memorable early reader sets of best friends old and new, including James Marshall's George and Martha, Laurel Snyder's Charlie and Mouse, and Sergio Ruzzier's Fox and Chick." —BookPage, starred review

 

★ "Cordell’s loose, Steig-like ink line makes emotions easy to read as the duo’s interplay builds, Poppy marching blissfully along and Cornbread furrowing his brow. Their well-built adventure, the story’s back half, offers exertion, discouragement, and a wonderfully improbable change of fortune, with just enough suspense to keep readers engaged." —PW, starred review

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