NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews

NIGHT AT THE FAIR

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Readers come through the main gate to a variety of games, rides, and food stands. “So many choices,” acknowledges the text: Among the rides shown in magnificent double-page spreads are a carousel, the whirl-o-rama, and of course, the ferris wheel. From the top of that, the whole fair is spread out like gems on velvet. All the cheesy games and foods that ever mesmerized fair-goers are lovingly delineated, and the amusement rides themselves are gouache and watercolor masterpieces. Alert children will note that the artist, seen in a photograph on the book jacket, has painted himself into one of the scenes. This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper’s sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-688-11483-0
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1998




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