Arthur Yorinks What A Trip!

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What A Trip!

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From the author and illustrator of HEY, AL, winner of the Caldecott Medal

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Richard Egielski received the 1987 Caldecott Medal for HEY, AL, story by Arthur Yorinks, and he has also illustrated texts by Pam Conrad, Margie Palatini, David LaRochelle, and Jonah Winter. The books he has both written and illustrated include BUZ and JAZPER, both named Best Illustrated Children's Books of the year by The New York Times.

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Yorinks and Egielski are best known for crotchety, confrontational characters who live in urban neighborhoods, progress through fantastical plots, and whose exploits are narrated with sophisticated language and saturated watercolors. This book, however, comes up a bit short. The setting is suburban New Jersey in what appears to be a Jewish household, where the mother takes to "plotzing" on the couch when in distress. Young Melville is prone to tripping—with outlandish consequences. He descends into a "pointy dimension," where everything, including the formerly curved borders around the scenes, becomes angular. His family and friends are incredulous; the doctor just thinks he's a klutz. During a visit to his father's garbage dump, the boy disappears, only to emerge in a pointy version of his living room with a parallel, pointy, not very pleasant family. A chase ensues, and it is only when he trips "on the carpet his father in both dimensions never fixed" that he returns home to remorseful parents. Two folding pages contribute to the hide-and-seek climax, but this gimmick is only mildly interesting and doesn't reward repeated viewings. "Pointy" isn't enough to carry this tale, visually or linguistically, and there isn't much else going on. The story, alas, fails to make a point.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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