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

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Board Book


Fall 2007 Board Book
Ages: Infant
Author: Randy Cecil
Manufacturer: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763629526
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Life on the carousel was good for Gator. In those days, the line of children waiting to ride "seemed to go on forever." But then times changed, and the crowds thinned a little more each day. Eventually, the amusement park that Gator called home shut down entirely, prompting the carousel animals to hibernate indefinitely. But Gator alone decides that he's not simply going to sit and collect cobwebs. Instead, he leaves the shelter of the carnival gates with a literal hole in his heart, and ventures out into the world. The turn that Gator's life takes after this point is a pleasure to watch unfold, and children will no doubt enjoy going along for the ride. Randy Cecil's unlikely hero is endearingly wide-eyed, rendered in muted shades of green and gold oils. This story captures the old-fashioned charm of carousels and other simple amusements. By the end of the book children may be clamoring for their own whirl.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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