Joe Cepeda Swing

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A rare book about finding the most important thing we all lose: time with those we love.

A lantern, a mixing bowl, everything they ever borrowed from the neighbors, even their dog Leopoldo -- Josey's absentminded parents lose EVERYTHING. Sometimes they even lose track of time when they promise to do something fun with Josey.

But then, with a big, rusty CLANK, a missing lantern falls out of the backyard tree, and suddenly Josey sees a way to solve her family's problems. It's going to take a lot of help, a little magic and a turbo-powered swing, but Josey might just have a shot at bringing the neighborhood -- and her family -- back together again.

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JOE CEPEDA has illustrated many books for children, including What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester and Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron. He lives in Whittier, California. DARCY PATTISON is the author of The River Dragon, illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng, as well as the fantasy novel The Wayfinder. She teaches writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and reviews children's books for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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PreSchool-Grade 3–Cepeda's story solves a compelling real-world predicament with a truly fantastic plot twist. Young Josie's parents constantly embarrass her. Everything they own always seems to be lost or broken, so they rely on their neighbors to lend them the things they need, from kitchen utensils to lawn mowers. Their house needs painting, their dog ran away–they can't even keep track of the time they're supposed to spend with their daughter. Where does everything keep going? Up into the tree in the backyard, of course! One wonderful day, Josie swings on her new swing and soars into the thick branches of the old oak tree. First, a missing lantern clatters down to the ground, then a toaster, and, eventually, everything that her parents have ever lost is recovered. Everyone is elated, especially Josie, who looks forward to finally being more like her neighbors. Cepeda's art is vibrant and engaging, and his narration complements the book's tone, particularly in the beginning. His images of Josie's inconvenienced neighbors grudgingly lending out their things, and of Josie trudging past their well-maintained homes, establish her predicament well. The focus then shifts to emphasize the tree and its steady consumption of household objects. While intriguing, the transition from one line of storytelling to the other is not seamless; it's a bold move, after all, pinning the Flores family's reputation for carelessness on a magic tree. Consider this kid-friendly flight of fancy a good supplemental purchase.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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