The first picture book collaboration from bestselling husband-and-wife team Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi is the charmingly irreverent tale of a very cranky book . . . who might not be so cranky after all.
Are you ready to meet the world’s crankiest book?
Cranky doesn’t want to be read. He just wants you to leave him alone. After all, there are so many other things you can do—ride a bike, play a game, or draw a picture. There’s no reason for you to be bothering him! But when other books show up for story time, will Cranky change his mind?
Angela and Tony DiTerlizzi, two creative forces, have crafted a story as silly as it is clever. In the vein of Grumpy Monkey and The Day the Crayons Quit, this tale humorously explores the big emotions of one very cranky book.
Angela and Tony DiTerlizzi have been best friends and creative partners for thirty years and married for over twenty. They live in Amherst, Massachusetts, with their daughter, Sophia, and their rescue dogs, Mimi and Pippin.
Angela is a beloved author of award-winning, charming, and inspiring picture books, including the USA Today bestselling The Magical Yet, Some Bugs, Just Add Glitter, and many others. Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly and BuzzFeed, on the Today show, and in Cheerios boxes.
Tony is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books for over twenty years. From fanciful picture books, such as the Caldecott Honor–winning The Spider and the Fly and The Broken Ornament, to fantastic middle grade novels like Kenny & the Dragon, the WondLa trilogy, and the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), Tony imbues each story with his rich imagination.
And Cranky is just…well…cranky.
“Humor and creativity abound in both text and illustrations. Just try to stay cranky during a read-aloud of this one!” — Kirkus Reviews
“[Drives] home the importance of readers to books.” — Publishers Weekly