Once Around the Block

Once Around the Block Annie is bored until a walk around the block to visit her neighbors brings several pleasant diversions

  • Title: Once Around the Block
  • Author: Kevin Henkes Victoria Chess
  • ISBN: 9780688049553
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Annie is bored until a walk around the block to visit her neighbors brings several pleasant diversions.

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    1. I liked the sentiment of this story a lot. It was sweet. But I was not the least bit impressed with the illustrations, they were kind of pathetic. I'm not sure why Kevin just didn't illustrate this book himself. I did like the ending though, it was pretty nice. I might recommend.*Taken from my book reviews blog: reviewsatmse/2009

    2. From Publishers Weekly:Annie's bored. The baby is crying, and that means Mama is taking care of him. The dog is busy scratching. Her best friend is on vacation. Annie goes out on the front steps to wait for Papa to come home, but she's bored and impatient. Mama suggests Annie take a walk around the block to help pass the time. Each of the neighbors she meets has somethinga cookie, a flower, an offer to run through the grass barefoot. And when Annie gets home, Papa is waiting for her on the front [...]

    3. The excellent quality of this sweet, warm picture story is hidden well by the tiny size of the book itself. I really like this book. The narrative is so simple that it could easily deceive a person into not realizing the supreme skill with which it is put together. All of the interactions between the girl Annie and her funny, likable neighbors are just great, and as so often seems to be the case with the books of Kevin Henkes, there is an undercurrent to the story of something special, something [...]

    4. read for MFC paper, not one of my favorite henkes books but a nice reminder of the freedom children in the late '80s had.

    5. What do you do when the baby is crying and you've been waiting for Papa to come home from work? You take a walk. Meet Annie's neighbors.

    6. Victoria Chess has a style that's suitable for satire, monsters, naughtiness I was very surprised when I picked up this Henkes and saw her illustration credit. Well, after reading it, I'm more than surprised; I'm disappointed. Lovely story. Would have been so much better with Henkes' own art.Add your voice to a call for a new edition!

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