COUSIN MARKIE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Christel Kleitsch

COUSIN MARKIE AND OTHER DISASTERS

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A humorous story about a boy realizing for the first time what it's like to be in the other guy's shoes: Ben tries hard to be nice when his nerdy cousin Markie visits for a weekend, but when Markie makes him miss out on the leaf-raking job that would finally have given him enough money to buy a skateboard, Ben takes out his frustration and disappointment on the younger boy. Unexpectedly, Markie lashes back, forcing Ben to think hard about his own behavior. That--and Markie's surprising chutzpah at an amusement park--cause Ben to notice unsuspected qualities in his weird cousin, and leads to the beginnings of a friendship between them. Though the reading here is easy, Kleitsch neatly renders the foibles of both kids and adults. Some of the cartoon-like b&w drawings show Ben's fantasy adventures, Ö la Calvin and Hobbes. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-525-44891-8
Page count: 74pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1992




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