TWO OLD POTATOES AND ME by John Coy

TWO OLD POTATOES AND ME

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A father and daughter bond after divorce by turning two old potatoes (“Gross!”) into a gardening project. The daughter narrates, month by month, as the two plant, cultivate, and ultimately harvest their crop, the gardening work lightened by water fights and conversation. Energetic mixed-media illustrations depict a dark-skinned father and a lighter-skinned daughter in a painless and message-free representation of a biracial family, complementing the low-key handling of the post-divorce relationship. Coy’s narration is colloquial and casual and just right. Fisher’s illustrations, however, are anything but casual, busily incorporating the text into the design in a way that is clearly meant to be organic but ends up frequently making the letters difficult to read. This overdesign is unfortunate, as the optimism and good cheer of the total package are undeniably appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 10th, 2003
ISBN: 0-375-82180-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003




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