Curiosity, Mystery Sure to Capture Imaginations Fill New Picture Book

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Writing/illustrating team of Meatball and Hedge come up with amazing, sure-fire hit with kids in the story of “The Dark Blue Jar”.

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Here is a smashing new picture book by the writing/illustrating team of Meatball and Hedge. They are the nom-de-plumes of Deborah Lomax-Reid and Ed Hedgepeth, author and illustrator of Dinosaurs in My Basement. Once again, they capture our imagination and attention as they collaborate to create The Dark Blue Jar, a curiously mysterious yet fun-filled book about the contents of a very dark, luminescent, scary-looking blue jar.

A curious boy one day discovers a mysterious thing, The Dark Blue Jar, dusty and damp inside a cupboard. He sees a mysterious light within it, and curiosity has overcome his mom’s warnings about messing with things he is not to be concerned with. As he struggles to open the lid of the jar, many things run through his head (and the reader’s head, too). What does the blue jar contain? What is the flickering light within? The many stories and popular legends surrounding strange jars and flickering lights come to the fore, and the boy cannot wait to be a hero, or a culprit, whatever the case may be. Only overwhelming curiosity must be satisfied as the various scenarios created by Meatball turn the story unbearably, even deliciously, suspenseful!

Hedge has outdone himself with the outstanding illustrations in the book. Coupled with the playfully masterful story about the blue jar, his illustrations capture the suspense and are brilliantly expressive of the book’s witty narrative. Meatball, too, has achieved a new plateau of rhyme and reason in this new outing on the field. Readers must find out what the contents of this mysterious blue jar, which has got the boy character bugged to no end! It is a compelling, fun-filled time, with story and pictures that unveil surprisingly satisfying rewards.

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About the Author & Illustrator
Deborah Lomax-Reid, or Meatball, is a retired elementary school teacher using her time and creativity to bring enjoyment to the reader who is young or young-at-heart via her entertaining stories. Her poetic rhythmic verse is funny and captivating, leaving you lighthearted and thoroughly entertained. Ed Hedgepeth, or Hedge, is a remarkable artist whose talent and skills culminate to achieve a phenomenal story of pictures that allow the young reader to become absorbed and engaged even without the text. His experience with art has evolved to bring us laughter and an appreciation for detail. Together, their collective skills allow for an unwavering experience in merriment and humorous suspense.

The Dark Blue Jar * by Meatball (illustrated by Hedge)
Publication Date: May 13, 2013
Picture Book; $17.49; 28 pages; 978-1-4836-1347-5
Picture Book Hardcover; $24.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4836-1348-2
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-1349-9

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