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Carrimebac, the Town That Walked


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David Barclay Moore, an author and filmmaker, won a John Steptoe New Talent Author Award for his debut novel, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, which was optioned as a film by Michael B. Jordan. Born and raised in Missouri, he has done work with Sony, Harlem Children's Zone, and Quality Services for the Autism Community. David Barclay Moore is based in Brooklyn.

John Holyfield is a renowned fine artist and illustrator of numerous books for young readers, including Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud, Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham, Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Noland, and The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner. John Holyfield lives in Virginia.


Merging history and magic, this is a tale like no other. . . . this tale is full of whimsy and wordplay, and is an excellent read-aloud. The illustrations, done with paint on canvas, beautifully complement the storytelling voice. Using the angle of the light, magic becomes visible to the reader. . . These heroics read like a classic folktale. With delightful text, and beautiful artwork, it is one not be skipped.
-School Library Journal (starred review)

Holyfield's (Hammering for Freedom) bold, painterly illustrations use skewed scale and perspective to add drama and motion to each spread, while Barclay Moore's (The Stars Beneath Our Feet) realistic account of anti-Black racism is imbued reassuringly with the supernatural as a means of a Black community's enduring and escaping oppression.

-Publishers Weekly

Each page turn brings fresh delights via the engaging acrylic paintings that create drama through the use of various perspectives. . . compelling.
-Kirkus Reviews

A folksy original yarn. . . Holyfield's warm, richly detailed country settings give way to aerial views of the town gliding grandly through grassy woodlands and salt marshes.

Moore's original folktale is beautifully illustrated in Holyfield's signature style and is sure to become a classic.
-The Toledo Blade

Illustrator John Holyfield uses various perspectives and color palettes to fill the pages with exquisite detail and poignant emotion via expansive, expressive illustrations. . . this original tale can hold its own among the classics.
-School Library Connection

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