Hit the Road, Jack
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- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Trim Size: 10 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2
- ISBN: 9781419703997
- Page Count: 48
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations
- Rights: World/All
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."
"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
About the author
Robert Burleigh has written many acclaimed and award-winning books for children. He lives with his wife in Grand Haven, Michigan. Ross MacDonald is known for his editorial illustrations as well as his children’s books. He lives in Connecticut, where he operates Brightwork Press.