cover image The Guest

The Guest

James Marshall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $15 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-618-12845-7

With the understated humor of his George and Martha books, James Marshall's The Guest (1975), a tale of two mismatched creatures (Mona, a moose, and Maurice, a snail) who become fast friends, will be welcomed back by the author/ artist's many followers. A tender tale told in Marshall's uniquely dry style in a pink, yellow and spring-green palette. ( Sept.)