Jonathan and Martha Petr Horáček

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Jonathan and Martha are two lonely worms that live on opposite sides of a tree. One day, a big juicy pear lands on the ground between them. Jonathan nibbles from the left, and Martha from the right…and soon they are caught in a tangle.

Using his signature style of eye-catching illustration, collage and a simple narrative, Petr Horáček weaves together a story that captures the essence of friendship.

Jonathan & Martha is a classic story that teaches children and adults about the importance of sharing. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 250 x 230 mm (9 7/8 x 9 in)
  • Pages: 32 pp
  • Illustrations: 16 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714863511

Petr was born in the Czech Republic and studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. His first book received the Books for Children Newcomer Award. Petr has published more than twenty-five books for children under 5, and has won numerous awards including Picture Book of the Year in 2006, and 2008, Parenting Book of the Year Award (USA) among others.

"A carefully designed combination of collage, background and simple narrative... An elegant, humorous book considering the value of friendship and sharing... In addition to the collage and the vibrant colour, one of the striking aspects of this book is its clever use of framing and space to control the pace of the narrative... Image and narrative work in perfect partnership in this delightful book, which is thoroughly recommended for young children and early readers."—Gill Robins, Books for Keeps

"Readers... will be drawn in by the growing affection between this pair."—Publishers Weekly

"Cleverly told... A few pages include die-cut elements that will intrigue viewers while furthering the story. Horacek's typically bold watercolor and crayon illustrations are cheerful and appealing. A great choice for preschool story-times on friendship, sharing, or Valentine's Day (or worms!)."—Library Journal

"This book's beautifully embossed cover and thick paper stock set the tone for rich the illustrations and clever story... Horacek may not be a household name, but he's published over twenty-five children's books and will be a happy discovery for any book-loving child."—San Francisco Book Review

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