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THE BOARDWALK PRINCESS by Arthur A. Levine

THE BOARDWALK PRINCESS

By Arthur A. Levine (Author) , Susan Guevara (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 10

Pub Date: April 19th, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-10306-5
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 Inspired by a Grimms' story and set in 19th-century Brooklyn, a lively tale about a brother and sister whose magical talent for sewing (fabric ``spoke'' to Sadie to suggest its best use; cloth that Myron rejected ``shrank and bled'') are exploited by a witch in her sweatshop. When they escape, she pursues them and turns Myron into a mouse. So he remains until the witch tries to do similar mischief to Sadie on the eve of her wedding to a real-estate tycoon. Myron intervenes, and, somehow, the witch vanishes in the noxious bath she has prepared for Sadie; meanwhile, becoming human again, Myron pops his buttons--he's now fully grown, but not quite fully clothed. In a pithy, colloquial narrative that recalls Arthur Yorinks's dry wit, Levine makes imaginative use of the incongruity between the folkloric events and their new setting. Guevara's expressive mixed-media art swirls with energy; she amplifies the humor while exploring the period scene in delightful detail. Good fun all the way. (Picture book. 4-10)