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The Matchbox Diary

Written by Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

The Matchbox Diary Synopsis

A breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations. When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather's diary, containing objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory. Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read and write - the olive stone his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn't enough food; a hairpin he found on the boat; a ticket still retaining the thrill of his first baseball game. With a narrative entirely in dialogue, Paul Fleischman makes immediate the two characters' foray into the past. With warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, Bagram Ibatoulline gives expressive life to their journey through time - and towards each other.

The Matchbox Diary Press Reviews

A moving glimpse into (the character's) childhood. * The Bookseller *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406355352
Publication date: 1st July 2014
Author: Paul Fleischman
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 40 pages

About Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is the author of numerous titles, including picture booksThe Dunderheads and The Dunderheads Behind Bars, as well as young adult fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. Paul Fleischman lives in Santa Cruz, California. Find Paul online at and on Twitter as @Paul_Fleischman. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells; and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Great Joy, both by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in ...

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