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Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
Contributor(s): Bildner, Phil, Parra, John (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1452125783     ISBN-13: 9781452125787
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2015
Annotation: A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Refuse collectors; Fiction.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005; Fiction.
African Americans; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2013043742
Lexile Measure: 560
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 11.50" W x 0.75" (1.15 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 175365
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66585
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children's picture books and the cocreator of Sluggers, the New York Times bestselling middlegrade chapter book serial. He lives in Newburgh, New York.

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter. His books have earned starred reviews, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, and the International Latino Book Award for Best Children's Book Interior Illustrations. He lives in Queens, New York.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Here's a new tall-tale hero: Cornelius Washington, a sanitation worker in New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina. Washington assumes mythical characteristics as a joyous worker and inspiration of the massive cleanup effort after the hurricane. The rhythmic text adopts a storyteller's voice, while the folk art illustrations support the spirit of the narrative. An author's note and pronunciation guide enrich the presentation.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 October)

K-Gr 2—A modern-day folktale about Cornelius Washington, a real-life figure who was a dynamic street sweeper in New Orleans. The working man, aka Marvelous Cornelius, can be seen doing fun tricks and flips while sweeping the streets of the Quarter. When Hurricane Katrina hits the city, Cornelius is overwhelmed by the cleanup, but volunteers come from everywhere to help. He soon finds his NOLA spirit and begins cleaning again in the aftermath of the great storm. Parra's paintings are modern and fresh, with bright colors paired with repetition of phrases and sounds. Children will enjoy both listening to the story read aloud as well as poring over the beautiful pages to learn about a slice of New Orleans history. VERDICT A stirring story of resilience in the face of adversity.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

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