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Children's LiteratureOur young narrator shares the excitement of a county auction with us. She and her whole family arrive to see her Aunt Lou and her teacher Miss Logsdon confront each other. Since nobody seems to be able to outbid them, some folks go on home. The bidding is a wild match between them. Meanwhile our apprehensive narrator has her eye on a special straw hat, and only a dollar in her pocket. The two women get going on that hat. They reach ninety-five cents, when she bravely shouts "A dollar bill!" Nobody has ever tried to outbid the pair before. Amid shocked silence, she gets her hat, to the delight of her family and herself. On the jacket/cover Smith provides a preview of the happy departing shoppers in their overloaded vehicles, conveying the spirit of the event while presenting the characters. Brown ink and watercolors produce double-page scenes rich with details of the family home and, it seems, of every object up for auction. Boldface type is used effectively for the voices of auctioneer and bidders. Exaggerated gestures and expressions amuse as they convey the spirit of the auction. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 9.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz