BIG BROTHER MIKE by Dan Yaccarino


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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 A familiar litany of complaints about an older sibling: Mike, who wanted Mom to take his new little brother back after he was born, hogs toys and ``when we play `rescue,' I'm always the victim.'' Still, there have been nicer times, such as ``the morning he helped me bury my hamster when it died''; he even stayed friendly and sympathetic all day. Unusual here are the vibrantly expressive illustrations, with emotion-indicative colors--especially complementary oranges and blues set off by intense greens--and simple, stylized forms (huge heads, sweeping hairstyles) that could be formed in Plasticine. Points of view, distorted perspectives, and innovative framing--there are as many as three amoeboid shapes on a spread--all contribute to the strong visual message. An interesting graphic variant on a familiar theme. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 15th, 1993
ISBN: 1-56282-329-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993


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