THE PIRATES OF BEDFORD STREET by Rachel Isadora

THE PIRATES OF BEDFORD STREET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Every Saturday, Joey goes to the movies and then draws, in chalk, the pictures suggested by the film--all over the sidewalk, his own front stoop, and any other available surface. The landlady is not pleased; she finally makes hint scrub the steps, but afterwards compensates by presenting him with crayons and paper so that he can keep his pictures. This is a commonplace story, and not even likely: it's just not plausible that Joey, who has a nice Dad who helps him clean up, would lack crayons and paper. But Isadora's illustrations do wonderfully capture the pirate pictures that Joey imagines, so vividly that they drive everything else out of his head. And her strong sense of color and composition are a pleasure: the line of happy kids at the box office is sweetly choreographed, and she has devised some nifty juxtapositions of Joey drawing on a cracked sidewalk while his imaginary pirates, in gorgeous tropical seascapes, share the picture space. This has possibilities for picture book hour; school librarians should share it with the art teacher!

Pub Date: April 1st, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow