IF I CROSSED THE ROAD by Stephen Kroninger


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Wacky collages visualize a young boy's daydreams of what he'd do if he were allowed to cross the street. No wonder he wants to go to the other side: There's a basketball game, a park to ride his bike through, and an old cowhand-grandfather to visit out on the range. A fishing trip, a jungle expedition, and a rocket ride to the moon for ice cream also await him, but the culmination of his journey to greener grass would be a visit to his friend. The elementary plot is really only an excuse for Kroninger's loud, deliberately zany collages, made of magazine photographs and colored paper. A cross-section of the ocean revealing a multitude offish works perfectly; a cityscape breaks with the well-composed simplicity of the previous spreads with a garish, in-your-face flamboyance that is at odds with the boy's other wishes.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum