This is the playfully interactive tale about a very cranky book that might not be so cranky after all—and it's the first picture book collaboration of Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi, a bestselling husband-and-wife team.
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—like riding a bike, playing a game, or drawing 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 tale that is as clever as it is irreverent. In the vein of Grumpy Monkey, this story humorously explores the very big and very complicated emotions of one cranky book.
Tony DiTerlizzi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. He has been creating children’s books for twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Broken Ornament and The Spider and The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold over 20 million copies, been adapted into a feature film, and translated in over thirty countries. Tony imbues each story with his rich imagination. And Cranky is just…well…cranky.
Angela and Tony DiTerlizzi have been best friends and creative partners for thirty years and married for over twenty. They live in Amherst, MA, with their daughter, Sophia, and their rescue dogs, Mimi and Pippin.