October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, making it just the right time for children and their parents to be introduced to the remarkable characters in Edward Hemingway's new book Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship.
Writer/illustrator Hemingway will read from Bad Apple on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Mac is an apple living in a world populated by other apples. There's his Grandmother (a green Granny Smith apple) and a bunch of unpleasant crab apples.
But Mac's new best friend is a Will the worm. Apples and worms aren't supposed to go together, but Mac and Will are best friends. The question is, can their relationship survive the bullies urging Mac to abandon his buddy? Can he stand up to their cries of:
"Look at Mac! He's got worms! Mac's a rotten apple!"
Writes a reviewer in The New York Times: "You and I have heard this story before, though not all children have, and some could use hearing it again. Hemingway ... works charming enough variations on the formula to please even the most jaded of adult readers... and his cheerfully innocent illustrations are affecting."
Hemingway - grandson of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway - studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. His writing and illustrations have appeared in Nickelodeon magazine, GQ, Gourmet, and The New York Times. His previous book for children is Bump in the Night.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.