A NIGHT ON THE TOWN by Caroline Merola

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pickles McPhee longs for adventure. What’s a six-foot-tall, horned, forest-dwelling, blue-striped beast to do? She stows away in the trunk of a car to see the big city, of course. She’s amazed by smooth streets and bright lights. Then she meets little Martha, who’s up late waiting for the Tooth Fairy. Breaking many rules, the two set off. They play in the deserted park and swim in an empty public pool. When they come to a candy shop, Martha insists that Pickles get them inside despite the locked door. The police arrive, and Martha hides while Pickles hoofs it. When the beast is cornered, Martha comes forward and owns up to the police and her parents, who take Pickles home. Merola’s monster story from the monster’s point of view may not sit well with some, due to its cheerful lawlessness. Martha’s realistic childish behavior clearly makes her this tale’s real “monster,” but she takes responsibility and is appropriately remorseful, however. Translated from the French (Canadian), with bright, cartoon full-page and vignette illustrations. A good addition to large collections. (Picture book. 5-8)
Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-77049-200-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2010




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