BOTTLE HOUSES by Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker

BOTTLE HOUSES

The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey
Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

California folk-, visionary-, outsider-, or just plain artist Tressa Prisbrey left behind a “village” of houses, walls, monuments, and pavements constructed from thousands of bottles and other castoffs. Here, she and her work get appreciative profiles from Paschkis, who portrays a spry elder in casual clothes and quirky bonnets surrounded by glorious, color-coordinated displays that glow like geometric ranks of gems, and Slaymaker’s plain spoken insights: “But Grandma Prisbrey wasn’t a regular sort of person who did things in a regular sort of way.” Capped by Grandma’s own cogent observation that her drawing skills might not be worth a hoot, but “there are different kinds of art,” and closing with a spread of color photos and further information about her Bottle Village, this joins the likes of Patricia Zelver’s Wonderful Towers of Watts (1994) and Jan Greenberg’s and Sandra Jordan’s Action Jackson (2002) in exploring some of the distinctively individual ways the urge to create has expressed itself. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8050-7131-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2004




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