A modern fable about nature’s power from a Kate Greenaway Medal winner
Mr. Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, unleashing the incredible power of nature. When zucchinis flower in the kitchen and carrots sprout out of their television, Mr. Barleycorn’s wife insists that the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature have a strange power — the power to bring a whole community together.
This ecological fable, a British import, has the folkloric atmosphere of Pinfold’s Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Black Dog (2012)…Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The rhyme scheme is gentle and soothing, and Pinfold’s luminous mixed-media illustrations are gloriously strange. This fable about the power of the outside world and the balance between technology and nature is important, and the story itself is haunting and austere. —Booklist (starred review)
Pinfold’s vision of the natural world breaking free of human fetters is captivating. —Publishers Weekly