26 Fairmount Avenue
By Ann Marie Sammataro,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Amusing tales from author's childhood.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
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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A book for all ages!!
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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 His tales are peppered with historical references and events, but with details that appeal to kids, such as his memorable account of how an umbrella-wielding child became briefly airborne.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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what stories from their lives they would put together into a book.
- Author: Tomie dePaola
- Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
- Genre: Family Life
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Penguin Group
- Publication date: January 1, 1999
- Number of pages: 64
- Award: Newbery Medal and Honors
- Last updated: September 2, 2015
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