Picture Book

by Andrea Tsurumi
October 2017 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US)

When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes. But accidents happen—just ask the stoat snarled in spaghetti, the airborne sheep, and the bull who has broken a whole shop’s worth of china. In the tradition of beloved books like The Dot and Beautiful Oops, this charming, hilarious debut from author-illustrator Andrea Tsurumi shows that mistakes don’t have to be the end of the world.

Andrea Tsurumi is an illustrator and cartoonist born and raised in New York. She has a passion for history, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal. She now lives and draws in Philadelphia alongside her husband and their dog, Spatula.


• Trailer:

National Public Radio’s Best Book of 2017
Publishers Weekly
‘s Best Book of 2017
100 Scope Notes‘ 2017 NYT Best Illustrated predictions


« In her first picture book, cartoonist Tsurumi offers an ingenious and utterly hilarious take on this important moral issue. »—Publishers Weekly, STARRED

« Tsurumi comically gets to the heart of how children frantically worry about mistakes, and poring over the riotous illustrations is pure joy. This will delight again and again. »—Booklist, STARRED

« . . . Children will have great fun poring over and savoring the escapades, some of which are depicted small. Besides honing visual-literacy skills, this is a neat vehicle for developing vocabulary, as pertinent themed words (« FIASCO! »; « MAYHEM! ») are wittily incorporated into the comical illustrations as sound effects or speech-balloon dialogue. »—Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful mix of straightforward and inventive… this book is completely nuts and completely charming.”—100 Scope Notes

« Creating the perfect picture-book fiasco requires finesse, timing and a keen sense of the absurd. In Andrea Tsurumi’s debut, an anxiety-ridden armadillo named Lola panics when she spills a pitcher of orange juice on her parents’ pristine white armchair. She runs away, determined to live out the rest of her days in the library, as the world around her explodes into a delightful cacophony of visual chaos rife with hidden details and countless jokes. »—Elizabeth Bird, National Public Radio