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The Boardwalk Princess Hardcover – April 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Tambourine; 1st edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688103065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688103064
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,162,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The Grimm fairy tale "Brother and Sister" is transported to turn-of-the-century New York City in this richly comic story whose opening sets the tone--"Once upon a time, in a strange land called Brooklyn. . . ." In charmingly sly prose, Levine ( All the Lights in the Night ) tells of the siblings Myron and Sadie, gifted dressmakers enslaved to an evil witch-cum-sweatshop-owner. When they attempt to escape, the vindictive hag changes Myron into a mouse--a garment-district Stuart Little with a nose for fabric bargains--but steadfast Sadie keeps him in her pocket as they flee to live in a hand-sewn tent on the Coney Island boardwalk. Levine's finely crafted text is peppered with flippant, tongue-in-cheek humor. "She was last year's news now," Levine says of the witch before dispatching her in the tale's happy ending. A delight, too, is the proto-Donald Trump real-estate tycoon (named simply "the Tycoon"), who rescues the comely Sadie and her brother. The story is ideally complemented by Guevara's ( Emmett's Snow ball ) riotous pencil, acrylic and gouache illustrations. The artist's vivid palette recalls 19th-century poster art, and her eye for detail is masterful--laundry zigzags across tenement alleys; the witch watches her spell unfold from the corner of a frame; buttons pop on Myron's mouse outfit when he is restored to his normal shape. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-- A "modern" version of the Brothers Grimm's "Little Brother and Little Sister." Levine sets his story in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, where two orphans run away from the wicked old witch who adopted them. Myron, a gifted tailor, and his seamstress sister, Sadie, are tired of being exploited by their foster mother and flee. The young man innocently drinks bewitched water and is transformed into a mouse. Sadie creates a magnificent fabric tent on the boardwalk where she and brother/mouse live and work. A series of quirky, but enchanted, events lead to Sadie's marriage to a handsome Real Estate Tycoon and Myron's change from mousehood back to manhood. Certainly, magical changes and happily-ever-after endings are the stuff of favorite fairy tales, yet, despite the right ingredients and the amusing premise, this update doesn't offer much child appeal. Most youngsters will not be familiar with the Grimm's tale, so they will not be able to appreciate the allusions to the original or much of the intended humor. It is also doubtful that they will recognize the place and time period. The colorful full- and double-page paintings do help bring the story and setting to life in a lighthearted manner. An additional purchase for those collections with a great demand for folktale variants. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

The most common way I'm introduced at book events is this: "Arthur Levine is the co-editor of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books." That true! And I'm also the publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. But from the "other side of the table" I write books too.

Here's the bio I have on my website: www.arthuralevinebooks.com:

Arthur A. Levine Books launched in 1997 and is currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary! The first book published was Norma Fox Mazer's outstanding novel When She Was Good. In terms of writing quality, this set a very high standard for their novelists, but Arthur is proud of the group that he's gathered together, with the help of his exceptionally talented Executive Editor Cheryl Klein, and Associate Editor Emily Clement. They include literary stars like Carolyn Coman, Francisco Stork, Lisa Yee, Bobbie Pyron, Jaclyn Moriarty, and of course, J. K. Rowling, as well as fabulous newcomers like Mike Jung, Martha Brockenbrough, and Alaya Dawn Johnson.
Arthur hasn't abandoned his picture book roots, though! About thirty percent of the books they do are fully illustrated, and they're proud to be working with a group that includes the incomparable Shaun Tan, well-known masters such as Allen Say, Richard Egielski,, Steven Kellogg, Komako Sakai, and Sean Qualls, and talented illustrators at the start of their careers such as Israel Sanchez, Shino Arihara, and more.
As for Arthur as a writer? Well, his first book in 15 years came out from Scholastic Press in 2011: MONDAY IS ONE DAY, illustrated by Julian Hector; it's a love song for kids with working parents, in families of all shapes and sizes. THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY, illustrated by Sarah Brannen will be out in the Spring of 2013, also from Scholastic Press.

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