New Picture Book Tells an Enchanting Tale of Friendship and Magic

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Author-illustrator John Tippey displays his brilliant storytelling skills and extraordinary use of vivid imagery.

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How far will one go for a special friend? Author-illustrator John Tippey’s poem takes readers to a magical land where Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum beats his drum while astride a butterfly in flight.

“Zooming through shadows of hedges in ditches,
braving the cats and the covens of witches.
Low where a unicorn hides in a cave,
High past the giant, he’s got to be brave.”

In his pack Wiggely carries a birthday present for a special friend living a long way away. Colorful watercolor paintings show Wiggely on a magical journey, soaring over fantasy landscapes of mountains, waterfalls and forests, past fairy-tale creatures, a unicorn and a mystical dragon, to deliver his gift.

In this enchanting story of friendship and magic, Tippey combines his skills as a master storyteller and illustrator, using meter and rhyme and his extraordinary use of colors and vivid imagery to portray the singular world of elfin boy Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum.

Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum will be featured at the 2012 Florida Library Association Book Exhibit in Orlando, Fla. on April 18-20, 2012.

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About the Author
John Tippey is a British born writer, director, producer and filmmaker who now lives and works in America. When his son Jake was three years old, the two of them spent a sunny afternoon in the garden laughing at the words "wiggely giggley,” which prompted John to write Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum. For more about the author, please visit his website:

Wiggely Giggely Goggely Gum * by John Tippey
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4653-4947-7

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