Relates how Kevin Spoon acquired a doodle flute and made a friend.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A modern-day parable about friendship and sharing. Kevin Spoon has just about everything a boy could want: his own TV, a stereo, a VCR, a computer. He even has purebred guppies. What he doesn't have is a doodle flute. Mason Mintz, the weird kid up the street, has one, but he's not willing to sell it or to trade it for any of Kevin's many possessions. He is, however, willing to give Kevin the doodle flute for nothing, something Kevin can't figure out. The message is clear: doodle flutes, like friendship, must be freely given. Short sentences are used to create a deadpan humor that should appeal to reluctant readers. "Mason Mintz. . . took something out of his back pocket. It looked dumb. 'It looks dumb,' Kevin Spoon said." Vibrant colored-marker illustrations add a zany visual humor that should attract Bart Simpson fans. Share this with hard-boiled primary graders who think they've outgrown picture books; they'll be hooked. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library
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``Kevin Spoon had a nice life...his own VCR...his own computer ...pizza every day''--a kid's perfect dream. Mason Mintz ``wore cheap sneakers,'' and his parents grew pumpkins in the back yard. Still, Mason's doodle flute is unique, and he won't sell it or trade it. He'll give it to Kevin--but then it won't be his, so he can't play it--or show Kevin how. Solution: sharing. Pinkwater's mock-simplistic, tongue-in-cheek telling is quietly hilarious; his deft caricatures extend the joke. A telling fable that older kids will also enjoy. (Picture book. 5+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027746356
Book Description Atheneum, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027746356
Book Description Atheneum. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0027746356 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0005978