The Geezer in the Freezer

The Geezer in the Freezer

by Randall Wright, Thor Wickstrom
     
 

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When our young hero heads to the basement in search of ice cream, he gets the surprise of his life instead! There's a geezer in the freezer, all right—huddled in among the ice cream and leftover turkey. From this simple premise, Randall Wright's rollicking rhyme unfolds a silly story that will tickle funny bones and thaw out even deep-frozen hearts.

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When our young hero heads to the basement in search of ice cream, he gets the surprise of his life instead! There's a geezer in the freezer, all right—huddled in among the ice cream and leftover turkey. From this simple premise, Randall Wright's rollicking rhyme unfolds a silly story that will tickle funny bones and thaw out even deep-frozen hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"There's a geezer in our freezer," reports our young narrator in rollicking rhymes. "Huntin' for some ice cream," he feels an "eerie thrill" as he spots the shivering old man "with his edge turning blue." Each time he fetches something from the freezer, the old guy is there, pathetically requesting a coat, or a bite to eat. When the boy reports these events to his deaf Aunt May, she dismisses the thought. Finally he asks the frozen fellow what he is doing there. He tells of being sent to fetch something from the freezer by the woman he loves, getting stuck there, and, he fears, forgotten. Our hero solves his problem by pushing the defrost button, for a happy ending to the zany tale. For his visual version of this comic rhyme, Wickstrom uses oil paints to create solid cartoon-y characters, including the family dog, in scenes with enough details to support the absurd premise. The old man with white hair and mustache, glasses down his nose, is a pathetic picture as he gazes out the opening freezer door on the jacket/cover. But there is no suggestion of serious injury as the illustrations emphasize the silly fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In a hilariously rhymed tale that twangs with a country rhythm, a little boy living with his elderly aunt discovers an old man stuck in the downstairs freezer. "I was huntin' for some ice cream/and I knew we had a stash/right betwixt the Christmas turkey/and the frozen corned-beef hash." Startled, he slams the door and hightails it back upstairs. His aunt mentions that she has noticed whispers emanating from the appliance. Finally the boy listens to the man's tale of woe. It seems that when he was young and courting a young lady, he sat in the freezer to contemplate love, the door was shut, and he froze in place. The discovery of the self-defrost switch melts the man out amid a flood of water and love—the young lady was none other than Aunt May. The full-color illustrations, suffused with cool blues and purples, feature wide-eyed characters and have a goofy elasticity. The preposterous tale skates along merrily and will have kids and adults checking carefully the next time they open their own freezers.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599903903
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Randall Wright lives with his wife and family in Highland, Utah, where he writes books for children about almost anything.

Thor Wickstrom's many illustrated books include School Picture Day and Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist. He lives in North Adams, MA.

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