Gather up the small fry — er, medium fry? — to meet acclaimed author Esta Spalding and her fabulous creations: the four Fitzgerald-Trout siblings who live on an island, all piled together in a teeny car! Discover why her debut in children’s literature is making such a big splash at this special Chevalier’s Book Launch on Sunday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
With kids as self-reliant as Lemony Snicket’s characters, grown-ups as terrible as Roald Dahl’s villains, and a world as richly imagined as Louis Sacher’s Holes, fans of spunky, rollicking middle-grade adventures will find a new favorite in Esta Splading’s Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts.
The Fitzgerald-Trouts are four barely-related siblings living together in a small car on a lush tropical island, but they are out-growing their tiny vehicle and must band together to find a new home. A quick, delightful and deeply resonant read, this is a beautifully imagined adventure where children live remarkable, independent lives. Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts features acclaimed artist Sydney Smith’s vibrant illustrations in brilliant blue ink, matching the South Seas atmosphere and conveying an other-worldly feel.
“Have you ever wanted to live on an island filled with selfish grown-ups and blood-sucking iguanas…? Me neither. But the brave and inventive Fitzgerald-Trouts have such fascinating lives that I might just reconsider – as soon as I read this glorious book again – at least twice. I salute thee, Fitzgerald-Trouts!” – Lemony Snicket
Esta Spalding is an a celebrated writer, poet and screenwriter who has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. Among these, she adapted Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life for Lionsgate Films and Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad for Sundance Television. This novel marks her debut on the children’s literature scene.
Sydney Smith is the renowned illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, a wordless picture book, which he illustrated with author JonArno Lawson. The New York Times named it Best Illustrated Children’s Book of The Year.