Sherri Duskey Rinker & John Rocco

Sherri Duskey Rinker & John Rocco, two of today’s bestselling book creators, will visit An Unlikely Story to introduce BIG MACHINES, a loving tribute to a children’s book icon. For generations, Virginia Lee Burton’s stories about big machines with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy have delighted readers. Parents and children adore her books including The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, Choo Choo, and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. For the dedicated children’s literature fan and scholar, Burton is an icon and a genius of illustration and design. Rinker and Rocco bring Jinee’s zest for life, her magical spirit, and love for her sons Aris and Michael alive on the pages of this sweeping biography.

Sherri and John will sign and personalize their books following their presentation and audience questions.

In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children’s literature.

Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.

Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband and two sons, where she loves to cook, garden, and collect old oil paintings. Her books are love stories for her children, written to wrangle some smiles and with the hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all. She is the #1 bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train. Visit

John Rocco is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard, and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles,The Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He also was the illustrator for both #1 New York Times Bestsellers Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Most recently, Rocco's his first Young Adult novel, Swim That Rock, was a finalist for the New England Book Award.

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton Cover Image
By Sherri Duskey Rinker, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544715578
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 5th, 2017

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811877824
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - May 4th, 2011

Blizzard Cover Image
By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423178651
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 30th, 2014

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