|Nancy Willard. Kevin Hawkes, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||42 / 2015|
Little Tom Drum loves strawberry pie so much that he creeps down to the kitchen at night to get one more slice, but his greed causes him to grow two more mouths. An outcast, Tom leaves his home and avoids school, but despite his subsequent adventures as a brilliant inventor, the boy longs to return to normal and go back to his parents; he's going to need powerful magic if he is to get rid of the shameful mouths. A Newbery Medal winner and a National Book Award finalist for A Visit to William Blake's Inn, Nancy Willard brings humor and believability to this tale for readers up to 8, while the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator of Weslandia and Library Lion uses pen and ink and pastel to flesh out this enchanting story.
"Willard's gentle tale has an irresistible premise and is filled with invention and imagination, matched by [Kevin] Hawkes's apposite, softly rendered pictures in pen, ink, and pastel."—Booklist