by Robert San Souciillustrated by Stefan Czernecki
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When the doll maker creates Zigzag from scraps, she promises him, "Some child will love you." This gives the strange-looking doll hope. But the other dolls and stuffed animals in the shop don't want such an ugly toy around. They force Zigzag to leave. Clinging to the promise that a child will someday love him, little Zigzag sets out to find a home.
Themes: cloth, collage, dolls, self-acceptance,
- Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award (BC Readers' Choice) 2006
“The story of compassion for those who are different and hope for love and a place to belong is one that all children should hear over and over. This book is recommended for use in libraries and classrooms.” Laura Friesen, Holt Elementary School
Eye-catching illustrations...from cloth scraps create captivating, colourful collages set against a bright, white background...nicely composed, and the happy ending should please young readers.” School Library Journal
Robert San Souci is the author of many award-winning retellings of legends and folktales for children. He also wrote the screen story for the Walt Disney animated feature, Mulan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Stefan Czernecki was born in a refugee camp in Germany and now lives in a small glass apartment one hundred and fifty feet above the ground. For inspiration he travels to faraway places like Tokyo, Mexico City, New York and Marrakesh. Sometimes he just takes a walk around the block. A number of his books are inspired by folk art and set in other countries. He won the Aesop Accolade, the American Folklore Society Award, in 1997.