Mcgraw's Emporium

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A little boy is looking for the perfect gift for his friend. But all he finds at McGraw's Emporium is

A can, a clock, a feathered fan,
A vase, a bank, a frying pan,
A sword, a couch, a magazine,
A lamp that lights with kerosene,
A garden hoe, a telescope,
A Scrabble game, a coil of rope,
A model ship, a baby's crib,
A record by the Brothers Gibb...

In addition to everything McGraw sells, young readers will find compulsively readable verse and funny, unexpected pictures in this remarkably absorbing treasure trove of a book.

A little boy is looking for the perfect gift for his friend at McGraw's Emporium. Rhyming couplets name 88 unlikely items for children to find and identify. The full-color collage illustrations include each of them, as well as many, many more, just to keep things interesting.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Whether kids or adults will be the most entertained by this nimble collaboration is anyone's guess-there is plenty here to amuse everybody. Aylesworth's Old Black Fly zippy rhyme describes a boy's visit to McGraw's antique shop in search of a gift for an ill friend. He finds a dizzying array of goods, e.g.: "A Franklin stove, a cowboy hat,/ A parrot cage, a cricket bat,/ A little knife for spreading jam,/ A sweater with a monogram,/ A mandolin, nine picture frames,/ A board for playing checker games,/ A bowling ball, a kitchen sink,/ A statue of King Tut, I think." Making this emporium a visual treat is Smith's innovative collage art. She juxtaposes watercolors and colored-pencil drawings with photos of hundreds of items a jacket flap reports that she used 432 magazines and three pairs of scissors. The melange is neatly arranged for convenient browsing. Youngsters will have fun identifying the objects mentioned in the verse, while baby-boomers will chuckle over such cultural artifacts as the album cover from Saturday Night Fever, a Pet Rock, a photo of the original Star Trek cast, a lava lamp and-of course-two pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Delightful.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whether kids or adults will be the most entertained by this nimble collaboration is anyone's guess-there is plenty here to amuse everybody. Aylesworth's (Old Black Fly) zippy rhyme describes a boy's visit to McGraw's antique shop in search of a gift for an ill friend. He finds a dizzying array of goods, e.g.: "A Franklin stove, a cowboy hat,/ A parrot cage, a cricket bat,/ A little knife for spreading jam,/ A sweater with a monogram,/ A mandolin, nine picture frames,/ A board for playing checker games,/ A bowling ball, a kitchen sink,/ A statue of King Tut, I think." Making this emporium a visual treat is Smith's innovative collage art. She juxtaposes watercolors and colored-pencil drawings with photos of hundreds of items (a jacket flap reports that she used 432 magazines and three pairs of scissors). The melange is neatly arranged for convenient browsing. Youngsters will have fun identifying the objects mentioned in the verse, while baby-boomers will chuckle over such cultural artifacts as the album cover from Saturday Night Fever, a Pet Rock, a photo of the original Star Trek cast, a lava lamp and-of course-two pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Delightful. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
As this colorful picture book begins, a little boy sets out to find a gift for a sick friend. He enters a mysterious and intriguing antique store with a sign reading: "Things from near and far. Some things common, some quite bizarre." The owner, McGraw, invites him in to browse, and the rest of the book consists of a bouncy, rhyming list of the varied things inside. The illustrations are an unusual combination of color cartoon-like drawings and color photos. They form collages that compliment the humorous and lively mood of the story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A bespectacled young fellow wants to buy a present for a sick friend and chances upon McGraw's Emporium, a store brimming with wonderful things. In extended rhyme, Aylesworth catalogs such items as ``A Franklin stove, a cowboy hat,/A parrot cage, a cricket bat,/A little knife for spreading jam,/A sweater with a monogram...'' In the end, a sign on the wall leads the hero to a kitten, the perfect gift. The inventive collage-and-cartoon illustrations juxtapose all the objects named as well as some that aren't, but pages are spacious enough to find everything mentioned in the poem. The jacket informs readers that it took 432 magazines and three pairs of scissors to create the art. Adults might enjoy sly references to the recent past, such as a Sgt. Pepper album cover and a photo of the original Star Trek cast, while children will enjoy identifying everything that's named.-Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
Mary Harris Veeder
McGraw's Emporium, which has a bit of everything, is just the shop for a little boy seeking something for a sick friend. That the gift the boy finally chooses isn't available at McGraw's really won't matter to children, because they'll have had the pleasure of a great flea-market jaunt through all sorts of treasures. Smith gives the shop a surrealistic look by placing photographs of objects against hand-colored backdrops. Aylesworth's rhymes--Khyber Pass and hourglass; swan and Saskatchewan--provide the rest of the fun. They're jaunty but not too fast, giving children plenty of time to browse the intriguing pictures. A book that might lead to imitative projects in the classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805031928
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/7/1995
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Aylesworth is the author of more than twenty books for young readers, including Old Black Fly (an ALA Notable) and My Son John (both Holt). He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife.

Mavis Smith lives in Solebury, Pennsylvania.
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