NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET by Roni Schotter

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET

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Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 From Schotter (A Fruit and Vegetable Man, 1993, etc.), the story of a would-be writer and her blank page, and the life going on all around her. Eva sits out on her New York City stoop, with her notebook, waiting for something to occur. Each neighbor who passes gives her writing tips: ``Try to find poetry in your pudding,'' suggests Mr. Morley, the maker of mundane mousses. ``Stretch,'' says dour dancer Alexis Leora, encouraging Eva to use her imagination. But it isn't until Eva takes matters into her own hands, by feeding her half-eaten Danish to some birds, that a domino effect transforms her neighborhood and gives her enough material to fill her notebook with observations more fantastic than fiction. Among the whirlwind of activity, the dancer and the pizza boy collide and fall in love, and Mr. Morley's mousse gets an accidental altering that turns it into a tasty treat. Schotter's story and Brooker's collages perfectly capture the cluttered eclecticism of New York City street life, so readers will forgive the author if the story lacks focus: The writing tips (which children will like) are lost in the blizzard of activity. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-09536-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1997




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