Signed first printing of this story of how a young acrobat brings joy to a monastery.
Fine in near fine dust jacket.
David Shannon is a master of many styles: delightfully frenetic illustrations that reflect the occasionally chaotic aspects of childhood, charming mid-century aesthetics that add bounce to his books, more realistic art that emphasizes the unusual occurrences of his stories. Before entering the world of picture books, his pictures graced the editorial pages of periodicals including ROLLING STONE, NEWSWEEK, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. His children's books have earned numerous accolades, including a Caldecott Honor.
First edition. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1999). 11'' x 8.5''. Original cloth-backed boards. Original unclipped ($15.99) color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated in color.  pages. Signed by Shannon to title page. Jacket with a bit of edgewear. Clean and bright.
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