Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-21 Jaunty verse and droll illustrations prove a winning combination in this sprightly picture book, another posthumous offering from Farber (I Swim an Ocean in My Sleep). Tired of walking, a boy queries, "Who'll offer me a ride?/ Who'll carry me far and wide?" After exhausting an array of interesting?if less than satisfying?options (a brook, a trout, a gull, a snail, and so on), he finally settles on the answer: his own two feet ("I'll walk! I'll walk! For now I know/ This is the only way to go!"). Farber's rhymes flow easily, and repetitive phrases give the story an edge as a readaloud. Selznick's (The Houdini Box) colorful, cross-hatched illustrations embellish the story: they picture the boy as a runaway, leaving home when his parents pay too much attention to a new baby. Set in an ambiguous time period (the boy wears knickers, his parents appear more up-to-date, while a horseman who gallops through looks like an 18th-century redcoat) and paired with a hand-lettered text, the illustrations have a substantial feel and also display a refreshing wit. A clear sense of motion is at play through the offbeat perspectives, and sharp-eyed readers will find the pastoral scenery slyly dotted with familiar architectural landmarks, from the Pyramids to the Chrysler Building. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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