Ages 7 to 12, Grades 2 to 7
Ellis loves popcorn.
No, she REALLY loves popcorn.
So when her school and her dads ban all snack foods— INCLUDING POPCORN—Ellis won't listen. But when she tries to quietly sneak her favorite salty snack, one kernel refuses to pop. LOUDLY. Soon, the kernel has sprouted a face, arms, and legs! He's alive, his name is Popcorn Bob, and he is NOT in a good mood. He is HANGRY. Will Ellis be able to keep Bob a secret until she can get rid of him? (And after a few days with him, will she still want to?)
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Comedic hijinks and unlikely friendship ensue...an amusing series starter that's just right for young fans of the absurd." —Publishers Weekly
"A bowl of crunchy fun." —Booklist
"For readers with a taste for the bizarre." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Maranke Rinck is an award-winning children's book author who seeks to make reading and writing fun for the young and old. She often works with her husband, illustrator Martijn van der Linden. With their three children they live in a former butcher shop in Rotterdam. You will not find sausages and meatballs in their house anymore, though; the cold stores are full of manuscripts, drawings and paintings.
Martijn van der Linden is a Dutch illustrator of children's books. He has won multiple awards including the certificate of honor (IBBY), the Golden Parent's Choice Award, and the Goldfinch award for the picture book I Feel a Foot! In 2016 he won the Dutch national award for the best Children's book (the Woutertje Pieterse award) for his book Vote for the Okapi. His books have been translated into over 12 languages. Martijn works from his home in Rotterdam where he lives with his wife, children's book writer Maranke Rinck, and their three children. Maranke and Martijn have created several picture books together.
Nancy Forest-Flier is an American-born translator, editor, and writer living and working in the Netherlands. She has translated several adult and children's novels from Dutch to English, her writing has appeared in many British and American museums, and she has translated for numerous Dutch museums and institutes including the Anne Frank House. She has six children, ten grandchildren, and one cat.