Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures
(for ages 5-8)
By Tricia Springstubb
Illustrated by Elaheh Taherian
Available in hardcover.
Available as a VOX book.
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Readers will pore over striking, detailed illustrations...and be eager to see what happens next. A perfect read-aloud book for story time! – School Library Journal, starred review
Through well-cultivated details and vibrant cut-paper collage, author Tricia Springstubb and illustrator Elaheh Taherian nurture a heart-tugging tribute to the love of good neighbors and to the strength of intergenerational and intercultural bonds. – Children's Book Council
Elaheh Taherian’s paper-cut collage illustrations seem to pop off the page, and add an element of whimsy to this wonderful story about making friends, no matter how old or young you are. – Booklist
What starts as a gentle, tentative relationship between the two (Mr. Hagerty helps Khalil “figure out a word” in a book he’s reading while Khalil "helps Mr. Hagerty with his words, too”) grows into something stronger...A sweet and simple story about an intergenerational friendship and the bond between neighbors. – Kirkus
An ALA Notable Book 2021
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year
One of the hundred best children's books ever written. – Reader's Digest