THE GIRL WHO LISTENED TO SINKS by Justine Rendal

THE GIRL WHO LISTENED TO SINKS

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The premise here is childlike: lonely because Mother's preoccupied with a job she hates and the kids at school are ``mean,'' a little girl finds solace in conversations with things--a sheet that says ``Ouch!'' if she pulls too hard, toothpaste that giggles when squeezed, and especially the friendly bathroom sink. The girl makes the sink a ruffly skirt, which starts a lucrative fad; the child and her mother are soon selling so many sink skirts that they can move to a seaside house (loyally taking along the sink). It sounds silly, and the outcome is certainly contrived; but the characterizations of the objects are apt and their dialogue is amusing, while the story works well as a metaphor for a child's sense of alienation in a bleak environment. Leer's formally composed pastels effectively capture the city's joyless bustle and the imaginative spark that rekindles the little family. Offbeat and rather long, this may do best as a young reader. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-77745-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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