HIGHER ON THE DOOR by James Stevenson


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Like the author's When I Was Nine, a nostalgic reminiscence about his childhood, this time outlining daily life in a small town. Selecting things that were different (the iceman and coal truck, seeing someone off on an ocean liner), but more that are the same (bickering with an older brother, being afraid of a dozen things like tough kids, snakes, and the dark; knowing the neighbors), Stevenson presents a busy, interesting time when the worst thing that happened was the family dog being hit by a car (he got well in a few days). His impressionistic watercolor sketches are a perfect complement to the text--light, airy, with plenty of white space for the imagination to fill in and occasional drama in the huge dam, scary because it might collapse, and a marvelous steam train. Quiet, but a visual treat, and one of Stevenson's more pleasant offerings.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1987
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow