Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Smith, Sydney
By (author): Spalding, Esta
Series: The Fitzgerald-trouts
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
  JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.43in x 4.87in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*The much-anticipated second book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding, with illustrations by acclaimed artist Sydney Smith.

Welcome to the further adventures of the plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings, who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless, but the kids can drive.

In this second installment, the delightfully self-reliant siblings continue their search for a home. This time, their pursuit will bring them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants, and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival. Will they finally find the place they truly belong?
Review Quote*PRAISE FOR Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts:

"It's goofy, sweet, and buoyant with good will-Pippi Longstocking for our more hyperactive times." --The Horn Book

"If this sounds like the set up for a preposterous tale that incorporates a fantastical plot, quirky characters, and some child-friendly amorality, that's because Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts is exactly that and more . . . This is plain fun with an edge, after a Dahl-esque fashion." --Quill & Quire

"Spalding, a poet and screenwriter making her children's book debut, balances the direness of their situation with over-the-top characters and humor-driven narration. If the story's magic lies in its Dahl-esque approach to topics like homelessness and parental neglect, its heart lies in the relationship between these four mutually devoted children." --Publishers Weekly

"Esta Spalding . . . has perfectly created the backdrop for this band of misfits and their tropical-island surroundings. Sydney Smith . . . is an excellent choice to bring to life the Fitzgerald-Trouts and their island." --Atlantic Books Today
Biographical NoteESTA SPALDING is a descendant of Canadian literary royalty, and an accomplished writer in her own right. She is the supervising producer of the HBO series Masters of Sex, and is writing for the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon. She has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. When she's not writing, she kayaks, bakes, and assembles whale skeletons with her husband, a marine biologist. The author lives in Venice, California.

SYDNEY SMITH was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General's Award and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book and an ALA Notable Book, and has been long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart, also nominated for a Governor General's Award. Sydney has received a number of other awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives and works in Toronto. Visit him at or on Twitter at @Sydneydraws.Sydney Smith lives in Toronto, ON.