ORANGE CHEEKS by Jay O'Callahan


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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 A well-known storyteller evokes the emotions and conflicts of childhood with a somewhat discursive story about a four-year- old who gets into mischief, half on purpose, on a visit to Grandma's--though his mother has threatened that ``if there's any trouble you won't go overnight for a year.'' Mom has cautioned that Grandma can be ``a grump,'' but Grandma helps Willie cover up; then, when Willie almost lets the cat out of the bag, she explains the ``trouble''--``The trouble was Willie and I didn't have enough time together.'' Not quite trusting his readers, O'Callahan stretches words for emphasis (``No troubl-l-l-llllle ma-ma-a-a-a''); the drama and nuances of this warmly perceptive story might be enhanced by an accomplished reader, but children Willie's age may like a simple delivery just as well. Raine's impressionistic, rather formal paintings nicely capture the boy's feelings, especially his loving relationship with Grandma. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-56145-073-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1993


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