Wells (Lucy Comes to Stay, p. 853, etc.) and McPhail combine on four evocations -- waking, night, in the kitchen, a winter...

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"NIGHT SOUNDS, MORNING COLORS"

Wells (Lucy Comes to Stay, p. 853, etc.) and McPhail combine on four evocations -- waking, night, in the kitchen, a winter walk -- each of which is sometimes startlingly bang-on and, at other times, reaches way too far. Wells has a gentle, lilting style that can be sweet, but is prey to going sticky: A dog's belly is ""softer than sleep""; a chocolate sauce ""sounds sleepy."" Then she will summon a winter day with real flair -- donning a wool sweater, holding a sharp icicle, exploring the dark pine woods; you can feel the bite of cold. Truly extraordinary, allowing even the textual excesses a reprieve, are McPhail's paintings -- moody, atmospheric concoctions with brush strokes laid on like thatchwork, lightened here and there by an acrylic flash of brightness. It is a mystery why the schlock was allowed to mingle with all the good stuff this book has to offer.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1994

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1994