AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis Root

AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the stylized voice of a storyteller, replete with old-fashioned comparisons and idiosyncratic syntax, Root (Contrary Bear, 1996, etc.) tells of Aunt Nancy's triumph over Old Man Trouble by pretending that all the bad luck he sends her way are really blessings. The story begins when Old Man Trouble dries up Aunt Nancy's spring and ends when he restores it, believing that he is ruining her stated run of good luck. When they part company, they're both pleased with the results. Root's text seems to take Aunt Nancy's side, while Parkins's art is more in Old Man Trouble's corner. One side of each spread features an elegant, black-and-white silhouette; the other has a large oil painting, realistically rendered but for the facial expressions and postures of the characters, which are closer to caricature. The motifs are familiar, the execution has life and wit, and the overall effect is captivating. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-56402-347-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1996




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