Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

A book cover with a man standing in front of a city.

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (2015)
Author: Phil Bildner, Illustrator: John Parra.
Publisher: Chronicle Books, Age: 5 to 8

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean, But then came the rising Mississippi and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner & John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“Trumpets the power of one person's efforts in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to inspire an entire community.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers, "Starred Review"

"Bildner and Parra have created a folk hero for the ages, and for readers of all ages."—New Orleans Times-Picayune

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The heroics of a street cleaner-What a refreshing topic.”—Chicago Sun Times

"This book bounces and  sings, capturing a city and culture as if they are characters. Scenes shift throughout, from the earliest pages where the grittiness is transformed to sparkling and appealing by the spirit (and hard work) of Cornelius. While the pastel and filagreed structures fill the background, mid-ground citizens reflect the vibrant impact of Cornelius and his energetic joy.”—Sandy Brehl, Unpacking Picture Book Power

Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration, SCBWI
Margaret Wise Brown Prize Children's Literature, Hollins Univ.
Best Book of the Month (August) Amazon Editorial Team
Junior Library Guild Selection
Parents’ Choice Book Awards: Picture Books "Gold"
Nerdie Non-Fiction Picture Book
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Children's Book Council
Bank Street Book Committee's Best Books of the Year
Teacher’s Choices Reading List, Int. Literacy Assoc.
Cybils Awards Nomination, Fiction Picture Books
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators
2016 Eureka! Silver/Honor Award, Calif. Reading Assoc.
MASL Show Me Nominee 2017-2018
"Starred Review", Shelf Awareness

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