THE CRANKY SUN by Jerry Kramsky


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 An agreeable concept is run into the ground with excess verbiage. One day in the town of Underwind, the sun decides it no longer wants to take orders from the town clock and refuses to set. The town sends up composers, scientists, poets, astronauts, and cooks to get the orb moving again, but all it takes is a boy's compassionate question to bring the story to a close. The odd relationship between the clock and the sun is certainly worth exploring, but Kramsky takes too many tacks, tangles them, and then settles for an arbitrary resolution. The art is astonishing: Curves of color soar over enormous pages, while faces right out of Fellini suit the surreal setting. Readers may pore over the pages, but they won't come away with the point of this tale--there doesn't seem to be one. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-316-50361-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1996