EACH A PIECE by Bruce Brooks


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Age Range: 6 - 10
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A valentine of a picture book—his first—from Brooks (The Red Wasteland, p. 808, etc.). It’s a dulcet rhyme—“A piece of the moon/a part of the sky/two words from a tune/a dog passing by,” with each piece being a part of the whole. The whole, in this case, is a delicious computer-produced collage made from Victorian greeting cards, cunningly assembled and repeated. Motifs appear and re-appear: sunflowers and raspberries, doll houses and a carefully hung moon. A golden-haired girl and a boy in a red vest hold tea things or books or paints, all in a jumble of the slightly faded colors of Prang prints. “Each piece is a part/of more left to find” appears over pages with die-cut windows, in a book that, as in Istvan Banyai’s works, is more enjoyable with every reading, offering up small visual gems, tricks in perspective, and very dear details. Children will find this appealing, but the book may be tucked into Christmas stockings and slipped into love letters for grown-ups as well. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1998
ISBN: 0-06-023594-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1998


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