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A boy who drops his book to look at a bee causes the waiter to trip, splashing a drink on a matron, forcing ladies to trip and spill their tea, resulting in a man face down in the dessert tray, who jostles the chef, and so forth. The rhyme scheme gets the better of Polacco, with awkward rhythms that deviate from the pattern. As the chaos spreads, the lines become jarring: "Here comes Enzo, full of spaghetti, chasing his cat, whose name is Lettie, hoping to catch her, but she thinks not and runs through the room, wearing the pot that was jostled and spilled." The result is a glorified food fight. The illustrations are crowded with swarms of restaurant-goers whose mouths show perpetual astonishment, but the staging is clumsy, too. Readers cannot follow the action as it is choreographed in the scenes, e.g., the waiter is suspended mid-air for two spreads, implying a short passage of time, while another man in those pages goes from a relaxed pose sitting behind a table to running away in panic some distance from the scene, indicating that the time that has lapsed is longer.
Posted April 25, 2007
The book In Enzo¿s Splendid Gardens was one of Patricia Polacco¿s finest books. It was full of laughter and excitement .I felt like I was one of those characters in the book. My favorite character was Lettie, the cat. She was the most hilarious character in this book. The best part of this book was when the cat got spaghetti on her plus a large pot on her head. Ouch!!! This book is an awesome book for children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.