Pizzoli has bravely tackled archeology and exploration in his new picture book. Action packed and fact filled, sometimes a little scary with the arrows and snakes and all, this book is not for the squeamish or for infants or toddlers. Everybody else, though, beginning readers, middle graders and adults, will find The Quest for Z the most exciting, informative picture book of the year.— From Jill's 2017 Picks
From an award-winning author comes a picture book biography that feels like Indiana Jones for kids!
British explorer Percy Fawcett believed that hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest was an ancient city, lost for the ages. Most people didn’t even believe this city existed. But if Fawcett could find it, he would be rich and famous forever. This is the true story of one man’s thrilling, dangerous journey into the jungle, and what he found on his quest for the lost city of Z.
About the Author
Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator and screen printer from Philadelphia. His first picture book, The Watermelon Seed, was published by Disney*Hyperion Books and was the 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Greg's work has been featured in The New York Times, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. After college, Greg spent two years as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCORPS from 2005-2006. In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches. Greg lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two unruly cats.
* "Fascinating. . . . A superb snapshot of an adventurer."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A swashbuckling adventure."—School Library Journal
* "A compelling narrative with important facts."—School Library Connection, starred review
"With a focus on mystery, peril, and adventure, this inviting biography should easily pique the curiosity of the elementary-school set."—Booklist
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
Praise for Greg Pizzoli's Tricky Vic:
Selected for The New York Times ten Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015
Selected for Amazon's Best Books of the Year list
Selected for the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books List
"Splendid. . . . Loaded with facts but with good storytelling and high-level illustration. . . . I’m thrilled that Pizzoli has chosen to present [Tricky Vic's] story so compellingly to our nation’s children."—The New York Times
"Intriguing."—The Wall Street Journal
"What a con job! I mean that in the best possible way. Vic was tricky but so is Greg Pizzoli. His storytelling and mixed-media artwork is rendered with expert sleight of hand."—Lane Smith, author/illustrator of It's a Book and the Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green
"It's hard enough to make a well-told story out of real-life things—it’s almost unfair that he could also make it this pretty."—Jon Klassen, author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal winner This Is Not My Hat
* "An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "What a fabulous story."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review