PENELOPE GETS WHEELS by Esther Allen Peterson


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Here, as in Frederick's Alligator (1980), Peterson's single notion gets a lot of help from Natti's perky, beckoning illustrations. The only wheels that Penelope can afford--after getting the grand sum of $11.50 for her birthday--are roller skates; but on the day everybody heads for the ballpark ""to see Slugger Jones hit his hundredth home run"" (the only post-skates happening), she beats both motoring neighbor Mr. Smith and bicycling friend Jim to a seat: Mr. Smith got caught in traffic, Jim had to look for a place to lock his bike. It's pretty thin and a little lame--but a youngster can recognize the transport situation and identify with Penelope's triumph. What keeps the pages turning, though, is the spontaneity of the drawing and the expressions on the faces.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1982
Publisher: Crown