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Joe's Wish

Proimos, James

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ISBN 10: 015201831X / ISBN 13: 9780152018313
Published by Harcourt Barce & Comapny, San Diego, CA, 1998
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32 p. Illustrations. The author and illustrator had a successful career in advertising, winning CLIOs and other awards before he sought and achieved further self-fulfillment as the author of books for children. This is his first book for children! Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. First edition. First edition stated. First printing stated. Bookseller Inventory # 64751

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Title: Joe's Wish

Publisher: Harcourt Barce & Comapny, San Diego, CA

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Proimos, James

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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What does every grandparent and every grandchild wish for? Joe Capri has a wish. He wants to be young again. But before Joe's wish is granted, he spends a day with his grandson, Michael Francis Capri. He tells Michael about the dancing, singing Something or Other, and they talk about how things will change when Joe's wish comes true. That night Michael Francis Capri makes his own wish--he loves his grandfather and wishes for him to stay just the way he is. Joe Capri makes another wish, too. . . .


Joe Capri is mighty old. He is creaky and wrinkly. One night he wishes on a star--"a wish that was older than he was." He wished he were young again. The next morning, while shaving, he laments that he is still old. But just as he sits down to eat breakfast, a strange, purple Something or Other appears. It has the most wonderful red hair, 379 teeth, beady eyes, a spiked tail, and some sort of problem with leakage. It dances badly, sings horribly off-key, but tells Joe that his wish will be granted... tomorrow. Boy, is Joe happy about that! His imagination goes wild with the opportunities that restored youth will bring--so he hops on a bus and takes it all the way across town to his grandson Michael's house to share his good fortune. "Grandpapa!" his grandson exclaims happily. "Computer boy!" Joe answers back. He breaks his big news of impending youth, and they laugh themselves silly at the thought that by the very next day they could be in the same class.

They spend all day together, skipping stones and talking about Harpo Marx and Michael's grandmother, who had tall hair and smelled like fresh bread and was even nicer inside than out. That night, after a full and wondrous day, young Michael wishes on a star. He wishes that his grandfather's wish wouldn't come true--that he would stay just the way he was. The funny thing is, Joe wishes the very same thing that night, on that very same star. And as the frantic, leaking Something or Other shouts "Jumping fuzzy lizards!" they both get their wish. James Proimos has succeeded in creating a cartoony, original, certifiably quirky picture book while spinning an affectionate, uplifting story about the good parts of getting old and grandparent-grandchild love. A must for any kid who's wacky on the outside, but soft on the inside. (All ages) --Karin Snelson

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