WHEN IT’S SIX O’CLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO

A TRIP THROUGH TIME ZONES

Omololu introduces the concept of time zones by depicting the slice-of-life activities of nine families in ten global cities. When Jared wakes in the titular city at 6:00, Geneviève is on her way to school at 9:00 in Montréal and Oliver, in London, plays soccer with classmates at 2:00 p.m. Rashida’s family in Lahore eats spicy dal for supper, while Min-Yue and his parents bike home at 10:00 p.m. in Beijing’s February cold. Numerical clocks for each city aggregate on successive spreads, and aftermatter includes a world map with the 24 time zones and brief historical and geographical information. Alternating between sequential panels and full-bleed spreads, DuBurke’s acrylics convey both cross-cultural unity and variations. However, paintings vary in technical skill, with some facial portrayals lacking consistency between panels. The authorial choice to create stories in each time zone rather opting for a more abbreviated treatment results in a regrettably overlong text. A serviceable treatment of the topic, useful for classrooms and families. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: July 20, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-618-76827-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2009

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THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS

A charmingly prolix tall tale of a boy so word-obsessed that he collects new words on slips of paper. They bulge from his pockets, float around his head and fill his world. Classmates nickname Selig “Wordsworth” and give him a word for his collection: “oddball.” The discovery that his purpose in life is to share his carefully chosen words with others leads to success and love. And, “if, one day, . . . the perfect word just seems to come to you . . . you’ll know that Selig is near.” Schotter’s words are enlivened by Potter’s distinctively naïve figures, all placed in settings in which words and labels are scattered about in a way that invites close inspection and promotes purposeful inquiry. It all adds up to an *exultant encounter, chockablock with tintinnabulating gusto (*see tantalizing glossary appended). A gift to precocious children and teachers as well. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 28, 2006

ISBN: 0-375-83601-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2006

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Part of a spate of books intent on bringing the garbage collectors in children’s lives a little closer, this almost matches...

TRASHY TOWN

Listeners will quickly take up the percussive chorus—“Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy town! Is the trash truck full yet? NO”—as they follow burly Mr. Gilly, the garbage collector, on his rounds from park to pizza parlor and beyond.

Flinging cans and baskets around with ease, Mr. Gilly dances happily through streetscapes depicted with loud colors and large, blocky shapes; after a climactic visit to the dump, he roars home for a sudsy bath.

Part of a spate of books intent on bringing the garbage collectors in children’s lives a little closer, this almost matches Eve Merriam’s Bam Bam Bam (1995), also illustrated by Yaccarino, for sheer verbal and visual volume. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: April 30, 1999

ISBN: 0-06-027139-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1999

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