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Hit the Road, Jack

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In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals—from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.

Praise for Hit the Road, Jack
"It’s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouac’s work; instead, it’s a tribute to his spirit and his era."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"MacDonald’s golden-hued watercolors and pencil crayons present 1940s America as something of a paradise, with the neon diner signs and jazz clubs just as beautiful as the rolling hills and majestic mountains..."

"Joining the ranks of such age- and genre-defying picture books.. is this homage to Jack Kerouac."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book pays homage to Kerouac while encouraging a love of the country, writing and wanderlust through Jack."
Reading Today

"The illustrations look like something out of a 1950s picture book, and everything — the poetry and the drawings — convey a sense of exuberance and excitement.”
Wired's Geek Dad

“Burleigh’s writing has a wonderful rhythm and the book reads aloud beautifully.”
Library Media Connection

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 23, 2012 – MacDonald (Grumpy Grandpa) draws a ramblin’ man—well, a ramblin’ rabbit—who crosses the country from New York City to the Golden Gate, hitching rides, sleeping in haylofts, and lingering in diners. “Lone Tree, Newton, Oskaloosa,/ Redfield, Poplar Bluff,/ A thousand names fly by—but Jack,/ There’ll never be enough.” Jack is modeled on Jack Kerouac; while he has long, furry ears and an overbite, he also has blue jeans, a snowy white T-shirt, and a story printed in typewritten letters. MacDonald’s nostalgia presents a younger, gentler America; a blue jay follows Jack everywhere he goes, the sun always shines, the land is quilted in gentle folds, and pickup trucks bump along the highway. Burleigh (The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn) has hipster jargon down: “Go bopping down South Halsted Street./ Where’s the action? What’s the news?/ Fill the jukebox up with dimes,/ Slip on your dancin’ shoes”—but it comes across as starry-eyed, not rebellious. It’s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouac’s work; instead, it’s a tribute to his spirit and his era. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties.
Hit the Road, Jack
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Culture, Places & People
  • Published: Jan 15, 2013
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Print Length: 48 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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