HANK'S WORK by Joshua Schreier

HANK'S WORK

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The author of Luigi's All-Night Parking Lot (1990) enriches a story about a boy--a boy whose dad is too busy to recognize the importance of his son's activities--with a fantasy element dramatizing the intensity of a child's imagination. Hank, who loves to work at Dad's studio worktable, is in the midst of coloring a picture when Dad peremptorily commandeers the room for his own work: ``Go play somewhere else. Now scram!'' Complaining that he's ``not playing'' but ``working,'' Hank retires to his room, where he uses an ``acid-green crayon'' to draw a dinosaur so real that it escapes the page. Mom, out fixing the car, is startled by the huge beast but stays calm; Dad is definitely scared. After a rather confusing transition in which the big creature vanishes, Dad checks to see whether Hank is all right, apologizes, and compliments him on his ``work.'' Worthwhile point, well made. The bold, stylized forms and bright colors will be fine for groups; also, a good choice to share with the art teacher. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-525-44970-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1993