MY CRAZY SISTER by M.B. Goffstein

MY CRAZY SISTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

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. 1st, 1976
ISBN: 0803761988
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1976




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