Stiff and stylized in the polished deco-style paintings, Angelo looks like a mannequin as he goes about pumping gas at...

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LUCKY'S 24-HOUR GARAGE

Stiff and stylized in the polished deco-style paintings, Angelo looks like a mannequin as he goes about pumping gas at Lucky's all-night garage, circa 1939. As his shift progresses, Angelo serves a foxy lady biker who outlines her mouth ""with the brightest red lipstick Angelo has ever seen,"" an opera-singing Italian papa and his five children, and a bus full of cranky musicians. A bride and groom in a leaky convertible sit out a sudden storm (""some honeymoon""), and a fashionable drunk in ""top hat and tails as rumpled/as an unmade bed"" mooches a nickel for the candy machine. The jazzy design and bold, shiny artwork command more attention than the story; the string of unrelated incidents will recall old movies and other sources of nostalgia for adults but may not satisfy young children.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996