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Hannah and the Homunculus


Homuncuus knows the power of words. After all, it was a word that gave him life. Preoccupied with increasing his vocabulary, Homunculus takes words from people, and Hannah is no exception. And the morning after Homunculus takes Hannah's NO, she cannot turn down her father's suggestion of oatmeal for breakfast. "Flabbergasted, her mouth hung open so wide she looked like a flounder. Delighted her father plopped a heaping bowl of oatmeal in front of her. He'd never seen his daughter so easily swayed!". Kathryn Darnell's intricate illustrations coupled with Kurt Hassler's fun loving text provide a delighful surprise for all children.



  • Dewey: F
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 9 - Age 11
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 5
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.2
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 60676
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

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Author: Kurt Hassler

Kurt Hassler is a graduate of the Bloomington campus of Indiana University where he avidly studied children’s literature. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and three cats. He has yet to lose a single word Homunculus. Hannah and the Homunculus is his first book.

Illustrator: K. L. Darnell

Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College. Her art has been described as "making you want to slow down and look." Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.