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LITTLE NEIGHBORS ON SUNNYSIDE STREET by Jessica Spanyol

LITTLE NEIGHBORS ON SUNNYSIDE STREET

By Jessica Spanyol (Author) , Jessica Spanyol (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2986-1
Publisher: Candlewick

Young animals in four houses play differently but display the same joy in this captivating romp. With scenes painted in the childlike style of her “Carlo” titles, plus terrific comic timing, Spanyol makes the rounds four times. First stop: Ian in Number 4, who delights his little sister Baby Jade by capping a soft rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with a crashing tattoo on the drums. Then on to the cheery clan of Bugs in Number 6, who enjoy driving different vehicles but absolutely groove on bashing into each other. A spell with quiet Philip in Number 7, neatly crafting things from cardboard boxes, precedes an introduction to the equally creative but exuberantly messy Kelly in Number 5, and so back to Ian, finishing off a delicate painting for Baby Jade with a great splash of black. Done in an informal font designed to look hand-lettered, the short text enhances the humor and high spirits. With a tribute to the pleasures of reading folded in, and a closing set of cozy snuggles into bed, this crowd-pleasing read-aloud makes an irresistible invitation for younger readers to ruminate over how we are all the same in some ways, different in others. (Picture book. 5-8)