Five Forms

Five Forms

Farrar Straus & Giroux

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Award-winning author-illustrator Barbara McClintock’s meticulous research and vibrant watercolor illustrations breathe life into this frenzied, fictionalized exploration of China’s ancient Five Forms.

When a young girl finds a mysterious, discarded book of martial arts poses, she ignores the warning printed in bold inside its cover: DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE FORMS WITHOUT AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER! She decides to attempt them herself . . . but is shocked to find that doing so conjures real animals right into her home! The chaos escalates as she releases a leopard, a snake, and a dragon, each creature larger and more destructive than the last. It is only once she manages the fifth and final form that things return to normal. But will she be able to clean up the mess she’s created before her mother returns home?


Barbara McClintock attended Jamestown College in North Dakota until, at nineteen, she moved to New York City to begin her career as an illustrator and author. She has written and/or illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, among them Adèle & Simon , an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Lost and Found : Adèle and Simon in China . She lives in Windham, Connecticut.

Pub Date: 2017 
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 40
Size: 8.75 x 11.50 inches

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