A boy gets tired of walking and accepts lifts from many sources, but the one from his father as he arrives home is the best.
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"The boy went walking one fine day, / walking, walking, a long, long way. / He grew quite tired, so he cried, / 'Who'll offer me a ride? / Who'll carry me far and wide?'" So begins Norma Farber and illustrator Brian Selznick's whimsical picture book The Boy Who Longed for a Lift. The story, language, and even the charming illustrations are as curiously old-fashioned as the title. As the beginning illustrations imply, the boy is feeling displaced by the new baby in the house, so he packs up a knapsack-on-a-stick and sets off for a journey. When he gets tired, his innovative ride-finding mission takes off. The brook, soft and swift, gives him his first lift, but the water gets too cold and he turns blue; the light and swift sailboat flips; the trout, sleek and swift, proves to be a slippery vehicle; a "far from swift" snail ride is rather boring; and the horseman, "galloping swift," goes a bit too fast, throwing the boy up into a tree. In the end, the would-be passenger discovers the benefits of using his own two feet, "till finally he was home. / His father ran out, strong and swift, / and gave the boy a lift." Young children will be swept up in the lyrical repetition of the story, Selznick's comical depictions of high-action adventure, and, of course, the happy ending. (Ages 3 to 6) --Karin SnelsonAbout the Author:
Norma Farber is the acclaimed author of many picture books including As I Was Crossing Boston Common and When It Snowed That Night. She lived in Cambridge, MA.
Brian Selznick wrote and illustrated The Houdini Box, winner of the 1993 Texas Bluebonnet Award, The Robot King, and illustrated Doll Face Has Party by Pam Conrad. He lives in New York City.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Selznick, Brian (illustrator). First Edition. Story in verse about a boy who got tired of walking. Bookseller Inventory # 4746
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060271086
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060271086 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1018405