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What John Marco Saw

What John Marco Saw

By Annie Barrows, Illustrations by Nancy Lemon


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John Marco is small. And everyone around him is busy. Too busy to listen to John Marco.

John Marco is busy, too—noticing the world around him. Maybe everyone should slow down and listen to John Marco. If they do, they might discover some pretty amazing things. They just need to pay attention. Like John Marco does.

Bestselling author Annie Barrows has a singular talent for creating stories that speak directly to young readers. Here, in her first picture book, she celebrates the importance of slowing down as she reminds us that sometimes the smallest people have the biggest things to say.

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Size: 9 x 11 in;
Pages: 44 pp;
Age Range: 3-5 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2019
ISBN: 9781452163369
Annie Barrows has written many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Ivy + Bean series—which has sold more than 5 million copies. She lives in Northern California.

Nancy Lemon lives in Charleston, South Carolina. This is her second book.

Media Reviews

“A sweet reminder to slow down and notice the world around us.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] magical portrayal of one of those strange and giddy moments that makes an indelible impression on one’s imagination. Best of all, it succeeds in proving that John Marco (and what he notices) is worth everyone’s attention.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is a quirky tale that many little ones will relate to.”
School Library Journal

Ivy and Bean author Barrows turns her sights to younger readers in her picture-book debut about an observant little boy trying to be heard… An engaging, playful, and relatable story that is pertinent to today’s nonstop lifestyles.”

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