You shouldn’t be surprised by this one either. We had it ranked as our second best picture book behind DARK EMPEROR, and it narrowly missed the list the first time around. Considering how well the mock Newbery group responded to DARK EMPEROR and how poorly they responded to THE DREAMER . . . well, we couldn’t help having second thoughts about CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG.
We’re all waiting for the next great middle grade novelist to win the Newbery Medal . . .
But you’ll do, Mo Willems. You’ll do.