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Book cover for "The Magical Reality of Nadia"
Scholastic Inc.

  Comedian Bassem Youssef and author Catherine R. Daly have co-authored "The Magical Reality of Nadia," a a humorous and heartfelt story about prejudice, friendship, empathy, and courage.

Bassem Youssef, a.k.a. the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was a heart surgeon in his home country of Egypt before becoming the host of "AlBernameg," the first political satire show in the Middle East. He has appeared on "The Daily Show," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and other late-night shows, and was also featured in TIME 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Maggie Mailer and book cover for "In a Pickle"
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Maggie Mailer is an American artist whose work explores the overlap between play and diplomacy, within the context of painting. Her work borrows freely from art history, and employs the genre of landscape painting as a stage set in which to observe parallels between the creative process and the impact of human activity on the actual landscape.

For her latest project, Maggie has illustrated Martinko's new book, "In A Pickle," a classic and modern tale about a clever young boy who fights school yard bullies with his mind instead of his fists.