MY CRAZY SISTER

From a picture book artist who makes her point with understatement, the tomato red cover (repeated in frames around the black line drawings) is a surprise—and in fact this is a perkier Goffstein, about the narrator's sister (as pictured, she might as easily be a brother) who moves in, complete with unexplained baby and eccentric, if not crazy, habits. On arrival she plunks her baby on a shelf and forgets him for hours; she buys him a real railroad car instead of a toy train for his birthday; and later she gets an urge to fly and brings home an airplane. But then the narrator, despite her more conservative appearance, invited this last exploit with her peculiar gift: "To show my sister I was glad that she and her baby lived here, I bought her a picture of Amelia Earhart"—and though the sister "turned my whole house upside-down," the hostess repeatedly expresses her "deep joy" in the arrangement. Her happiness in fact is a bit too explicit to convey the maximum Goffstein poignance, but her openness is winning—and so are the characteristically spare drawings of this odd little family that is happy in its very own way.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1976

ISBN: 0803761988

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: April 27, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1976

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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