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FAIR MONACO by Brock Cole Kirkus Star

FAIR MONACO

By Brock Cole (Author) , Brock Cole (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-932425-07-1

Cole’s words and pictures deliver his tale as effortlessly as a song, but one that pricks with intelligence, sorrow, and hope. Granny opens her door to abandoned cars, kids hanging out, graffiti, and garbage. Maggie, Kate, and little Nora come to stay with her “When Momma was sick and Poppa away.” Granny won’t let them walk outside where the bad boys play, and shows them the locks to keep out burglars. The girls eat their supper and go to bed, but Maggie wakes up to proclaim that there are too many feet in her bed (“WITCH’S FEET!”). A hilarious pillow fight ensues, and the sisters climb into granny-witch’s bed and float out the window. The burglars, bad boys, gas-and-electric men with “their terrible bills” fill their dreams, but Maggie decides to change that. The sisters dream of sun, wind, pancakes, and syrup, and when they wake the next morning in Granny’s bed, she smiles and offers pancakes for breakfast. The same urban street now glows with life, opposing the dingy earlier view. A vivid and satisfying testimony to the transforming power of hope and dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)