Hit the Road, Jack by Robert Burleigh & Ross MacDonald

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In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals—from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.

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"It’s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouac’s work; instead, it’s a tribute to his spirit and his era."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"MacDonald’s golden-hued watercolors and pencil crayons present 1940s America as something of a paradise, with the neon diner signs and jazz clubs just as beautiful as the rolling hills and majestic mountains..."

"Joining the ranks of such age- and genre-defying picture books.. is this homage to Jack Kerouac."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book pays homage to Kerouac while encouraging a love of the country, writing and wanderlust through Jack."
Reading Today

"The illustrations look like something out of a 1950s picture book, and everything — the poetry and the drawings — convey a sense of exuberance and excitement.”
Wired's Geek Dad

“Burleigh’s writing has a wonderful rhythm and the book reads aloud beautifully.”
Library Media Connection

About Robert Burleigh & Ross MacDonald

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Robert Burleigh has written many children's picture books, including three illustrated by Wendell Minor: Abe Lincoln Comes Home, Into the Woods, and Night Flight. The recipient of the Prairie State Award, naming him Illinois Children's Book Author of the Year for 2011, Bob splits his time between Grand Haven, Michigan, and Chicago. robertburleigh.com Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including the New York Times-bestselling Reaching for the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin, and Ghost Ship by Mary Higgins Clark, as well as numerous nature books by Jean Craighead George. Mr. Minor is also the illustrator of Robert Burleigh's Abraham Lincoln Comes Home and Gordon M. Titcomb's The Last Train. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. minorart.com.
Published January 15, 2013 by Abrams Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What could have been straight nonfiction takes on a fanciful air when Jack Kerouac is rendered more jack rabbit than man.

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Publishers Weekly

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“Lone Tree, Newton, Oskaloosa,/ Redfield, Poplar Bluff,/ A thousand names fly by—but Jack,/ There’ll never be enough.” Jack is modeled on Jack Kerouac;

Jul 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Hit the Road, Jack

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