KID BLINK BEATS THE WORLD by Don Brown

KID BLINK BEATS THE WORLD

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Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

“It was all for a penny.” When Mr. Pulitzer and Mr. Hearst decided to make New York City newsies pay a penny more for each stack of papers to sell, Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Crutch Morris, and others led a strike; they would stop sales until the price was rolled back. Brown’s cartoon illustrations are a perfect complement to the text, the signature hollow-eyed, potato-headed characters dramatic in their defiance of the owners of The World and The Journal. Readers and listeners will appreciate the lively writing and the humorous, dramatic illustrations. Students might enjoy tracking down sources listed in the bibliography, including newspaper accounts from 1899 and Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives. Unfortunately, Brown’s narrative makes a hero out of Kid Blink without considering, in the text or author’s note, accusations that Kid Blink later betrayed the movement. Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s Kids On Strike (2003) and The Journal of Finn Reardon: A Newsie (2003) are excellent resources for readers who want to read more about the newsies. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-59643-003-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2004




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