When Uncle Bill visits, adventure is never far behind!
The doorbell rings three times. It’s a sign of something special. Uncle Bill is here to watch Willie. The text hints that Willie may be a bit dramatic. He wears “checked pants and a big striped shirt.” But one look at the illustrations, and readers know that Uncle Bill and Willie are kindred spirits. In a short-chapter format, three separate stories are told. In the first, there is an unexpected haircut and a French hairdresser hero, Pierre. In the second, the pair sets out to make Icky Stew (which consists of chocolate, tuna salad, liverwurst and much more). But who will eat it? A walk through Brooklyn finds some willing customers. The last adventure includes a subway ride and an electric rock-’n’-roll performance. Each story ends with Willie’s mother coming home, instinctively knowing something must have happened but never quite finding out. Schwartz accurately tunes in to the thrill of small adventures and the best part about babysitters—the new, creative energy in the house. Bright patterns adorn Willie and Uncle Bill but are also smattered across rugs, sofas and wallpapers, adding to the joy.
Emerging readers will appreciate the feel of a chapter book, but this dynamic duo will surely be adored (and envied) by all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)