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Luigi's All-Night Parking Lot

Luigi's All-Night Parking Lot

by Joshua Schreier

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Pam Conrad's The Tub People , this picture book enters the world of a child's playtime fantasy, using characters and dramas children themselves might invent. Here, the setting is a boy's bedroom; the players, tiny figures in a variety of vehicles--cars, buses, trains, even a boat and a spaceship--who patronize Luigi's tabletop ``parking lot.'' The drivers are not always careful or well behaved, but--after an extraterrestrial, clearly parental voice intervenes--everyone settles into a spot and Luigi settles into bed. Schreier deploys shape and color splendidly, placing his luminous, mostly angular vehicles against a pitch black ``sky.'' The text nicely renders the cadence and content of solitary play, as the young attendant offers customers greetings, directions and occasional admonitions. Although this work lacks the emotional resonance of Tub People , it will appeal to imaginative children, especially those intrigued by vehicles of all sorts. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Welcome to Luigi's parking lot, where not only cars, but anything that ``stops and goes,'' whether it's Rosa's small boat or a railroad train, can be found. The lot fills up in a hurry, but on this night, parking seems to be the last thing on any driver's mind, and with all the milling around, a fender bender or two can't be helped--especially when a huge, whirling flying saucer blunders through. Schreier uses blocky geometric shapes and sharply defined areas of color to create stylized but easily intelligible scenes. Luigi's commentary, which runs to three or four lines of text per spread, has an authentic, childlike sound. The vehicles all look like toys, and in fact they are; Luigi himself appears at the end to line them up neatly on the table before his father tucks him into bed. Luigi looks older than most of the children who will be drawn to the book, but he creates a playscape that's long on imagination, short on violence, and--what with all the wheeled, floating, and flying machines, and the mostly nonhuman creatures that drive them--chockful of child appeal. --John Peters, New York Public Library

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.43(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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