Friday, April 23, 2010

The Boys by Jeff Newman

Newman, Jeff. The Boys. Simon and Schuster, 2010. $15.99. PICTURE BOOK. This story has no formal narrative, just the days of the week. The gouache and ink illustrations portray a shy boy who wants to play baseball but doesn’t join in. Instead he sits with the old men in the park. He even dresses like them before he finds the courage to play ball. The individual illustrations are quirky and fun, however, I looked through the pictures a couple of times to figure out what I thought the story was about. On the whole, the book was confusing and the pictures weren’t clear enough to tell a story on their own. EL – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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