26 Fairmount Avenue

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Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media
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Amusing tales from author's childhood.

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age 7+
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Parents need to know that the vignettes will have readers roaring with laughter, and the author's signature illustrations -- comical and often tender -- highlight the humor and action.

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Adult Written byilikebooks May 22, 2009

A book for all ages!!

26 Fairmount Avenue is a fun, must read book for all ages. Tomie dePaola writes his autobiography in a creative way with his distinct drawings known to many of... Continue reading

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What's the story?

"I guess 1938 was a special year. Not only because of the hurricane, but because it was the year we started building 26 Fairmount Avenue." Popular picture-book author/illustrator Tomie dePaola tickles reader's fancies with funny tales about his precocious childhood. Warmly drawn black-and-white illustrations bring the rich assortment of characters to life.


Is it any good?

This debut short chapter book from an author known for his picture books is a success. Tomie dePaola has a gift for retelling his experiences with a child's perspective and innocence, creating a narrative voice young children can easily relate to. His tales are peppered with historical references and events, but with details that appeal to kids, such as his memorable account of how an umbrella-wielding child became briefly airborne. Through all the stories, dePaola conveys a real sense of community, a traditional neighborhood where family and friends pull together to help each other.

Sketches arranged to resemble a photo album in the front pages of the book portray the key people in the stories. Readers can see what the familiar characters looked like, from dePaola's mom, Floss, to Nana Fall-River to his best friend, Carol Crane.

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