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Built to Last (Hardcover)

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Two boys with great ideas and the will to bring those ideas into reality discover that even with hard work, not every project succeeds! The bigger question, though, is what is really being built every time we try, even when we don’t succeed? Minh Le and Dan Santat weave humor, heart and soul into the dreams of these two boys! A picture book for anyone who needs to be reminded of all the treasure we pick up as we journey!

— From Linda's Kids Picks

May/June 2024 Kids Indie Next List

“One of my favorite picture books of the year, by one of my all-time-favorite, built-to-last creative duos! Built to Last is a story of resilient friendships, creative problem solving, and the things that make a partnership stand the test of time.”
— Lorie Barber, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL


Meet two friends who think they're building imaginative worlds with blocks but come to realize they've been building something far greater--a sturdy, solid friendship--in this picturebook by award-winning creators.

Two kids build entire worlds out of blocks, cardboard, and imagination. From boats attacked by a sea creature to a castle crumbling into the ocean. And they don’t mind when these creations break apart and CRASH to the floor. In fact, they think it’s pretty funny! Every time, a creation falls apart, they pick up the pieces and keep building bigger and better.

But when their latest masterpiece tumbles down in spectacular fashion, the boys aren’t laughing anymore. Have these two friends reached their breaking point?

Playful text by wordsmith Minh Le and dazzling illustrations by artisan Dan Santat showcase their close collaboration in their latest picturebook. As merry as it is moving, here is a story that recognizes the friendships in life that are truly built to last.

About the Author

Minh Lê is the acclaimed author of several picture books. His projects with Dan Santat include The Blur, which Kirkus called "a must-purchase" in a starred review, Drawn Together, which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Lift, which received five starred reviews. Minh is also the author of  Let Me Finish! illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat, illustrated by Gus Gordon. Minh has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and kids.

Dan Santat is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated The Blur, Lift, and Drawn Together, all written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family.

Praise For…

★ "Pitch ­perfect friendship-building fun!" —School Library Journal, starred review

"A personal-feeling celebration of partnership and a dual portrait of any successful creative pairing." —Publishers Weekly

"A playful and captivating tribute to imagination and friendship." —Kirkus Reviews

"This could easily pull double duty as inspirations for social/emotional learning and craft projects." —The Bulletin

"Full of heart....this second picture book by the multi-award-winning duo of Lê and Santat cheerfully undergirds the proposition that dedicated teamwork always pays off." —Booklist

"In this entertaining picture book, the duo behind Drawn Together explores friendship and resilience through imaginative play." —The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593569177
ISBN-10: 0593569172
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English