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WHEN I WORE MY SAILOR SUIT by Uri Shulevitz

WHEN I WORE MY SAILOR SUIT

By Uri Shulevitz (Author) , Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-34749-9
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The child in this brief episode may dress in a sailor suit and live in quaintly appointed apartment surroundings, but his lively imagination strikes a universal chord. Setting sail in a ship that starts out as a model, the young narrator lands on a remote isle for a glimpse of Malenostro Malevostro the “pirate of one hundred seas!” The adventure comes to a sudden end, though, when the lad catches sight of a glowering portrait on the wall and scurries out of the room—but then regroups and later returns to taunt the thickly mustached figure: “You can’t leave this wall, / you can’t leave this room, / but I can go far away on an exciting journey.” In Shulevitz’s sketchy, intimate watercolors, close walls dissolve from patterned wallpaper to exotic locales and back behind the now-intrepid, now-anxious young explorer as indulgent adults occasionally look in. Three helpful monkeys on the island constitute the closest approach to Wild Things here, but that may suit children who prefer a quieter style of play than wild rumpuses. (Picture book. 5-8)