by Randy Siegel
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Who knew the life of a penny could be so exciting?
Born in 1983, our copper (well, zinc and copper as we find out) narrator travels everywhere from New York City to Portland, Oregon, to Puerto Rico describing in colorful detail his many adventures along the way.
Randy Siegel’s quirky, informative text mixed with Serge Bloch’s spare but exuberant illustrations (which make use of real pennies) make this book a must-have for lovers of American history or just a good story.
North American publisher: Neal Porter Books/Macmillan, January 2016
Foreign rights contact: Macmillan
Film/TV rights contact: Macmillan
Worth every penny.”—Kirkus Reviews
While a nuisance to many adults, for young children, pennies are still the available currency, and this strikes just the right note for that audience.”—Booklist
Siegel does a sterling job of conjuring up an emotional life for this ubiquitous coin.”—Publishers Weekly
This fun, fascinating picture book, narrated by a goodnatured, rather stoic penny, will have children looking at coins with new respect.”—Shelf Awareness
A light introduction to money, starring the often underappreciated penny. A worthy addition to lower elementary school collections.”—School Library Journal
Brilliantly funny drawings and text.”—Scholastic, Sensational Spring Reads
There’s a lot of great information smuggled into Randy Siegel’s tale of a single penny’s adventure, from its birth in the Philadelphia mint to a sojourn in a sewer grate to a long time-out in a penny jar, then back into someone’s pocket again.”—The Virginian-Pilot
If you happen to pick up the penny in Randy Siegel’s latest book, you can’t help but see the little copper coin in a slightly different light … A great little read!”—Cedar Rapids Public Library, ‘Spring Break Gems’