THAT NEW BOY by Mary Lystad


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That new boy... wears funny clothes and big glasses"" and though George's mother (seen practicing the cello) and his father (at his home typewriter) think the two should be pals, George at first can't see it. The diminutive picture book is in fact mostly a catalog of George's activities -- baseball, no-hand bike riding, building a clubhouse -- which he is certain the new boy would not want to join in on. In the end of course the two boys do get together, as it turns out that they share an interest in animals. McCully's comfortably contemporary drawings, washed with soft blue and yellow, take the edge off the didacticism and invite identification with both George and Charlie.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Crown