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My Sister's Rusty Bike: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Aylesworth takes readers on a preposterous, rollicking romp as his narrator introduces the eccentric individuals he visits during a cross-country bike ride. The breezy verse rolls off the tongue as smoothly as the protagonist's wheels whir: in West Virginia, he drops in on a gal named Dee Dee Lee, who "loves her pink pet sheep./ At night they sleep in bed with her/ In one warm, woolly heap." From Massachusetts to California, the traveler discovers residents with uncommonly amusing pets, among them bow tie-wearing pigs who dance jigs, goats who sing country tunes and pampered toads who eat their flies a la mode. Easily matching the lighthearted humor of the text, the gouache art offers a playful spin on American primitivism. Hull (previously teamed with Aylesworth for The Cat & The Fiddle & More) here employs an unusually rich palette in his stylized renderings of these comical characters. Kids will follow this cyclist happily?over and over again. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5^-8. In this original and offbeat picture book, a boy on a bike tours the back roads of the U.S., visiting such locales as Paradise, West Virginia; Carbon Hill, Alabama; and Toomersville, Colorado. Those are real places on a map, but the citizens introduced aren't ordinary folk. Jojo Jones feeds his pet toads flies ala mode; Benny Finn uses real bears for rugs, which works fine till he whips out the vacuum; Ike O'Day, who lives in California, has a white crow that recites Poe. But it is Edward Lear, not Poe, whose spirit haunts these playful rhymes. The boy's strange encounters with oddballs across the country are well matched by Hull's surreal, somewhat murky illustrations, and effective use of refrains and humorous alliteration gives the verse a singsong quality that makes this a rollicking good trip along America's less-traveled roads. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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