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John O'Brien


John O'Brien

John O’Brien is well known for his New Yorker cartoons as well as his numerous children’s book credits, includingMISTAKES THAT WORKED, ACCIDENTS MAY HAPPEN, and MOTHER HUBBARD'S CHRISTMAS. 

John O'Brien

Books by John O'Brien

Written by Charlotte Foltz Jones with illustrations by John O'Brien - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction

Baked Alaska, melba toast, hush puppies and coconuts. You'd be surprised at how these food names came to be. And have you ever wondered why we use the expression "selling like hotcakes?" Or how about "spill the beans?" There are many fascinating and funny stories about the language of food --- and the food hidden in our language! Charlotte Foltz Jones has compiled a feast of her favorite anecdotes, and John O'Brien's delightfully pun-filled drawings provide the dessert. Bon appetit!

Written by Charlotte Jones and illustrated by John O'Brien - Children's 8-12, Education, Nonfiction

Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. MISTAKES THAT WORKED offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!