Never, Not Ever! (Hardcover)

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“Pascaline doesn’t want to go to school, but she goes, with her tiny parents tucked under her wing. School turns out to be pretty great. But it’d be better if she didn’t have to take care of her tiny parents! Alemagna captures all of Pascaline’s emotions in this delightful book.”
— Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Description


A perfect back-to-school book...with a twist! For little kids everywhere who feel anxious leaving home to go back to school.

A Kids' Indie Next Pick!

Never, Not Ever! is the instant classic from Beatrice Alemagna—a laugh-out-loud tribute to little kids everywhere who would prefer not to leave home on the first day of school.

The other animals are marching dutifully to school, but Pascaline could care less. “Never, not ever!” she declares. She’s NOT going. And nothing—not even her parents pulling her by her feet—will change her mind.

She shrieks so loudly that her parents shrink down to the size of peanuts—becoming just the right size to fit snugly under Pascaline’s wing. Now they can all go to school together!

In Never, Not Ever! award-winning picture book creator Beatrice Alemagna reminds us that small children need their parents to be close by . . . but not too close.

About the Author


Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973. At eight years old she knew she would become a painter and a writer. Since then she has published more than thirty books all over the world—from France and Italy to Japan and the United States. Some of her books available in the United States include A Lion in Paris, which Kirkus Reviews called an “artful, whimsical delight,” and The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, which won the 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. Beatrice makes her home in Paris, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Visit her at www.beatricealemagna.com.



Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973. At eight years old she knew she would become a painter and a writer. Since then she has published more than thirty books all over the world—from France and Italy to Japan and the United States. Some of her books available in the United States include A Lion in Paris, which Kirkus Reviews called an “artful, whimsical delight,” and The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, which won the 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. Beatrice makes her home in Paris, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Visit her at www.beatricealemagna.com.

Praise For…


“Pascaline is an adorable five-year-old bat [whose] large, shadowed eyes hold an incendiary mix of resolve, contempt, and humor. Via her signature art style, Alemagna has an uproarious time imagining what school is like in the company of one’s tiny parents. First-time school-goers need their parents, hints this picture book, but only for security—and not for very long.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An entertaining way to address the school-start jitters."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Alemagna demonstrates an uncanny knack for rendering emotional experience with line and color in this intimate and distinctive story. The spreads ignite with the warm glow of discovery.” –for On A Magical Do-Nothing Day
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is the perfect book to read before the first day of school. Beatrice Alemagna is able to hold onto the whimsy and wonder of childhood, a perfect blend of playfulness and sophistication. She is my favorite contemporary illustrator. Pure magic.”
— Christian Robinson, Caledecott Honor Winner of Last Stop on Market Street

“Something remarkable waits in every corner of Beatrice Alemagna’s world. Her work makes me feel like a child again.”
— Brendan Wenzel, Caldecott-Honor Medalist for They All Saw a Cat

An entertaining pick for the start of school.
— Horn Book Magazine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780063076495
ISBN-10: 0063076497
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English