LIGHT by Donald  Crews


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Though this hasn't the excitement, the page-to-page motion, or the vibrant originality of Freight Train, Trucks, and Rain, Crews' projection of city and country night scenes has its own rhythm and mood as a picture-poem on the theme of lights at night. From a tranquil violet dusk in the country (miscaptioned "Dark in the Country") we turn to a cityscape of strong design; then both scenes are repeated with a darker sky and lit-up windows: the city appears to be waking up. There's a neat, exactly-right view of "Headlights/Taillights" (the former fuzzy, the latter small red dots) from cars on a two-way highway; more commonplace renditions of garish lit-up signs, bridge lights, floodlights, lightning, and starlight; another hit with a contrapuntally soft and crisp country "Moonlight"; then the original city and country scenes return in quiet darkness. The pictures are to be absorbed, rather than pored over. All have an immediate impact, but the best are not immediately exhausted.
Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 1981
ISBN: 0370309073
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1981


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