Those not familiar with the Clubhouse series may find the beginning of this entry abrupt, but even newcomers will soon be drawn in. Seven children (and one dog) watch Arthur's homing pigeons flying through the clouds. Arthur's school presentation about pigeons piques their interest even more. When Arthur becomes allergic, the gang takes his pigeons and turns the clubhouse into a coop. Things don't go well, however; neighbors complain, the work is considerable, and there's poop everywhere. Plans to give the birds away also meet with problems. Set sometime in the middle of the last century, the story happily looks back to a time when kids ran in packs around the neighborhood and built clubhouses. San Souci's expansive watercolors humorously capture the nonstop action, and his cartoon-style characters, uniquely individualized, extend the book's good humor. Cooper, Ilene
About the Author
For years DANIEL SAN SOUCI has written and illustrated other people's stories. Now, with the Clubhouse series, he tells stories from his own youth. Daniel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.