Books by Alexis Domney

SPLISH, SPLAT! by Alexis Domney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2011

A little boy's room gets an energetic makeover from two Deaf painters. Colin's bedroom is "very nice," except for one problem. Its "hideous yellow" walls makes him feel like he's "sleeping in an egg yolk!" His mom uses a message relay for the Deaf to make an appointment with painters Heather and Molly, who cheerily set to repainting the walls navy blue. At the end of the day, all that's left to do is paint the white trim, which Molly and Heather do, "paint[ing] and chat[ting] and chat[ting] and paint[ing] furiously." Of course, they are chatting in American Sign Language, so when Colin and his mom inspect the work, the navy-blue walls are speckled all over with white paint droplets. All's well that ends well: Colin's thrilled with the look, and his mom pays "Heather and Molly a heap of dollars for the creative job." This purposive story has much to recommend it. It folds in details of hearing-Deaf communication naturally, and Crawford's multimedia collages burst with energy and color. Heather's hair is spiky and multicolored; Molly wears groovy purple-laced work shoes; Colin's mom sports fuzzy moose slippers with antlers. But it's hard to imagine professional painters forgetting themselves to the point of potentially ruining a job—most of their clients will hardly be so forgiving. It's surely not intended, but this book ends up painting its Deaf characters as rather incompetent—a shame. (ASL picture glossary) (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >