Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Hey Willy, See the Pyramids

Hey Willy, See the Pyramids

Fall 1989 Picture Books
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Maira Kalman
ISBN: 0670821632
Hardcover Price: $16.99
A big sister named Lulu tells ten very short stories, some about cross-eyed dogs dining at fancy-schmancy restaurants, one about Maishel Shmelkin, who forgot his pants, and one about Cousin Ervin, who has a green face and orange hair. All are illustrated in lots of primary colors and 1950's kitchen-counter-linoleum patterning. Yes, the art quotes from other artwork; yes, it's another try at postmodernism for children and with the requisite amount of ironic detachment to make it qualify. But this book has genuine warmth. A party for endearing oddballs takes place in the sunshine. Attending are many relatives, many twins, many animals, and so many sweet mutants you may feel off balance but you won't feel bored.
Review   ©1989 Parents' Choice

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