Lionel in the Summerby Stephen Krensky, Susanna Natti (Illustrator)
Lionel wants to do everything on the first day of summer: play in the sprinkler, race cars, explore space, build a castle, tease Louise, and more. Can he do it? Then in other adventures, Lionel resourcefully uses a thrilling ride on the roller coaster and a scary trip through the Haunted House to help him stay awake for the Fourth of July fireworks, makes money at his lemonade stand (by luring Louise into buying him out), and survives a family car trip to the mountains with visions of ice cream! The six previous Lionel titles (all Dial) have been highly praised. Lionel and His Friends was a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Junior Library Guild Selection. A starred Booklist review for Lionel at Large declared, Krensky effectively captures the essence of a child's experience.
Meet the Author
"I did not have the kind of childhood most people would choose to write about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep me on my toes. In my spare time, however, I often imagined myself in various stories as Mighty Mouse, Robin Hood, Popeye or Superman.
"I always liked to make up stories, especially lying in bed at night before I fell asleep.
"It was not until I was twenty that I actually took up ceative writing. One of my favorite parts of the process was imagining myself in various characters' shoes, even if those characters - dragons for example - didn't wear shoes at all. A year later, in 1975, I graduated from Hamilton College andbegan a six-month internship at the New York Times Book Review.
"Since then I have been a full-time writer for children. I married my wife, Joan, in 1984,and we settled in my hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts, where we live with our two sons, Andrew and Peter.
"When I feel like I've spent enough time hunched over my computer, I like to play soccer and softball, and read books written by other people."
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