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SHORTCUT by Donald  Crews Kirkus Star


by Donald Crews, illustrated by Donald Crews

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-06436-1
Publisher: Greenwillow

In a return to Bigmama's (1991) small Florida community for a second story based on Crews's childhood memories, a group of children walking through a narrow railroad cut have to dive into the brambles when an unexpected train rockets past. The brief text's mounting suspense is the perfect foil for an inspired array of typographic and airbrush special effects, vividly capturing the juggernaut's size and speed and an overwhelming sense of menace and wonder as it seems to hurtle by, just a few feet away; so strongly is the reader involved that the cartoonish (though expressively drawn) human figures seem almost superfluous. A breathless tour-de-force for train lovers of any age. (Picture book. 5-8)