Synopses & Reviews
Harshman (Only One Neighborhood) poet laureate of West Virginia offers a nostalgic tribute to summer get togethers as he and Palacios (Henry Holton Takes the Ice) follow the reunion of a large family for days of fishing camping storytelling and camaraderie. Written in bursts of unrhymed verse Harshman’s text shifts attention among the family members with most sentences concluding with an imperative verb. “When the sun grows hot/ and the water stays cold/ little brother says/ swim” he writes as young siblings and cousins jump into a pale blue river surrounded by forest. Palacios creates a strong resemblance across generations (there are both babes in arms and a great grandfather in attendance) giving the family’s members pale skin freckles and hair in the ambers reds and browns of marigolds. Throughout Harshman and Palacios celebrate the casual chaos of big family gatherings—patchwork quilts stretch across a spread as the kids pile together during a sleepover—and while some minor mishaps pop up the emphasis is on familial togetherness and the making of memories. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Kendra Marcus Bookstop Literary Agency. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."