Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
By Phil Bildner
Illustrations by John Parra
Size: 11 x 9 1/2 in;Pages: 44 pp;
Age Range: 5 - 8 years Format: Hardcover Publication: August 2015
In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Trumpets the power of one person's efforts in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to inspire an entire community.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers, Starred Review
"Bildner and Parra have created a folk hero for the ages, and for readers of all ages."
—New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero.”