The Eyes and the Impossible: (Deluxe Wood-Bound Edition) (Hardcover)
Johannes is a free dog who lives in a park by the sea. Each day, he makes his rounds and reports to the Bison, the Elders of the park. Things begin to change in the park and when Johannes commits a heroic act that brings scrutiny from the humans in the park, he has to make some decisions. With accompanying fine art landscapes into which Shawn Harris (Have You Seen a Flower) has inserted illustrations of Johannes, this is a gorgeous book, in both image and language. It's great as a read-aloud or a read alone. An utter joy!— Cathy
A New York Times bestseller and Today Show Summer Pick A wild, lyrical, hilarious and beautiful story of a wild dog living and surviving in an urban park Johannes, a free dog, lives in a park hemmed in on three sides by dense human neighborhoods, and on one side by the ocean. His job is to be the Eyes--to see everything that happens within the park and report to the park's elders, three ancient bison who ensure the Equilibrium. His friends--a stalwart seagull, a mordant raccoon, a one-eyed squirrel, and a pelican who can read--work with him as the Assistant Eyes, observing the humans and other animals who share the park and making sure everything is in balance. But changes are afoot. More humans, including Trouble Travelers, arrive in the park. A new building, containing mysterious and hypnotic rectangles, goes up. And then there are the goats--an actual boatload of goats--who appear, along with a shocking revelation that changes Johannes' view of the world. Readers will thrill to Johannes's inimitable and wonderful voice, and will gorge on this unforgettable story of friendship, beauty, liberation, and running very, very fast.
About the Author
Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Eyes and the Impossible, The Every, The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, and the National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King, as well as numerous books for young readers, including Her Right Foot, Faraway Things, and The Lifters. He is the founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney's and the college-access nonprofit ScholarMatch, and the co-founder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing center that has inspired dozens of other centers worldwide. He is the winner of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.