HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE by Karen English

HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s a hot day—it’s also a “best-friend-breakup day.” As Miss Johnson works her crossword puzzle and dozes, as Mr. Paul weeds his flower bed, Kishi and Renée remain resolutely apart: it appears that Kishi bought the very last blue ice pop, even though she knows that’s Renée’s favorite. It’s a “never-speak-to-her-again-even-if-she-was-the-last-person-on-earth day.” But then the siren song of jump-rope chanting calls and the girls are reunited in double-dutch—finding final resolution in one last, shared blue ice pop. English has childhood spats down pat, the apocalyptic sundering of a friendship miraculously healed by play. Steptoe’s textured collage illustrations feature tissue-paper clothing over paper skin, all set against a background of rough wooden boards. He renders facial features in a highly naturalistic manner, with outsized lips and flat noses; it’s an effect that may initially be off-putting for readers accustomed to smooth prettiness, but the total effect is both original and emotionally effective (particularly when the girls are squinty-mad, the ugliness of their emotions showing up clearly on their faces). The final scenes, of play and ice pops, are full of movement and energy and joy. “So good!” (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 24th, 2004
ISBN: 0-395-98527-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2004




MORE BY KAREN ENGLISH

ChildrenDOG DAYS by Karen English
by Karen English
ChildrenWEDDING DRAMA by Karen English
by Karen English
ChildrenNIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
by Karen English

MORE BY JAVAKA STEPTOE

ChildrenWHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT ME, MAMA? by Kristina Evans
by Kristina Evans
ChildrenJIMI by Gary Golio
by Gary Golio
ChildrenAMIRI & ODETTE by Walter Dean Myers
by Walter Dean Myers