OUR NEIGHBOR IS A STRANGE, STRANGE MAN by Tres Seymour

OUR NEIGHBOR IS A STRANGE, STRANGE MAN

Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Readers won’t find this neighbor strange; he merely entertains an age-old desire to fly. But hark back a 120 years, when this story takes place, and one can begin to appreciate the skeptics who surround Melville Murrell, technically the creator of the first human-powered airplane two decades before the Wright brothers. To the narrator, it’s strange that “our neighbor” studies birds, makes drawings, and tries to be airborne. The title sentence becomes a bleating refrain, turning the book into a one-kick joke when Murrell’s contraption flies and the narrator is almost rendered speechless. Krudop’s paintings, with their great slabs of vibrant color, are atmospheric delights, conjuring up Murrell as the eccentric his neighbors believe him to be, and the era as one in which innovators were no more appreciated—at least till they struck it rich—than they are today. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-531-30107-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999