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Black and Bittern Was Night


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Robert Heidbreder is an award-winning children's poet and author. His many books include I Wished for a Unicorn, Eenie Meenie Manitoba and Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. Robert spent thirty years as a primary school teacher and, in 2002, won the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer. He won a 2011 Joe Shuster Award and has twice been nominated for a Doug Wright Award. John is also cofounder of the illustration blog ?Drawn!?. John lives in Toronto, Ontario.


This verse is a delight to readers, an aural and visual exercise for fluency and comprehension with a catchy rhythm occasionally reminiscent of "The Night Before Christmas."--School Library Journal
Author and illustrator match wits in this cheeky and sophisticated readaloud that imagines the ultimate in Halloween skullduggery.--Publishers Weekly - Starred Review
Both reader and listener will be, at turns, mystified, perplexed, and stumped, but with the help of the appealing (and, thankfully, more traditional!) cartoonish illustrations, they should be captivated enough to make it to the satisfying end. Don't be one of the "splooked-out tall-bigs"---try it out.--Booklist
This Dylan Thomas-Dr. Seuss-Lewis Carroll love child has the power to enrapture ...--Kirkus Reviews

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