Lucky's 24 Hour Garage

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The year is 1939, and cars, motorcycles, and trucks roll through. Angelo pumps gas, wipes windshields, and has a smile for every passerby, especially for one little visitor who arrives with the dawn.

Depicts a 1939 night in the life of Angelo, a gas station attendant, as he works the night shift at Lucky's Twenty-Four Hour Garage.

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Overview

The year is 1939, and cars, motorcycles, and trucks roll through. Angelo pumps gas, wipes windshields, and has a smile for every passerby, especially for one little visitor who arrives with the dawn.

Depicts a 1939 night in the life of Angelo, a gas station attendant, as he works the night shift at Lucky's Twenty-Four Hour Garage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This portrait of New York City circa 1939 tracks the colorful customers (and classic cars) that visit Lucky's 24-Hour Garage in the wee hours. Angelo, the sole night-staffer, looks snappy in his blue jumpsuit, tidy bow tie and brimmed capand he's ready with an Indian-head nickel when a guy needs spare change. The story could be the setup for hard-boiled fictionall the potential players are here, from the femme fatale on the motorbike to the traveling swing band to the man in a rumpled tux. However, these folks are just passing through, to the lively "Dingding!" of the air-hose bell ("Michigan, Texas, Delaware, Ohiothe plates told where they had come from but not where they were going"). Kirk's (Skateboard Monsters) airbrush-smooth, stylized oils mimic American scene painting; a melancholy image of Angelo napping in his chair, his yellow-lit office a beacon amid quiet buildings and empty sidewalks, draws inspiration from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. The author powerfully evokes the mysterious hours before dawn, and augments his humid summer atmosphere with a well-timed thunderstorm. Although this volume offers a series of scenarios rather than a conventional plot curve, it's a captivating slice of Americana, complete with antique autos. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
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Gr 1-3This period piece takes readers through the night shift at Lucky's 24-Hour Garage in 1939. Angelo is a true service-station professional who takes pride in his work and always has a smile and a friendly word for his customerseven the short-tempered and grumpy ones. The poetic text gives the details of the parade of people who enrich Angelo's world. "Cars rolled through the station on their way to anywhere. Michigan, Texas, Delaware, Ohiothe plates told where they had come from but not where they were going." Careful research is reflected in the stylized art-deco oil paintings: bright colors and sleek lines bring out the details of a variety of cars and trucks and the gas-station decor of the era. At the end of the book, when Angelo's wife and son greet him warmly and take him out to breakfast, readers may realize that the night has passed with neither dirt nor danger. Younger children who like vehicles and gas stations may enjoy this as a simple story; older readers can find both answers and questions about the differences in daily life between then and now.Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786802005
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Kirk
Daniel Kirk
Daniel Kirk has illustrated a number of books for children. Library Mouse was given a starred review by Booklist magazine, which called it “a show-stopper.” Daniel lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and three children. For more information about him, visit his Web site: www.danielkirk.com.
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