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Children's LiteratureA milkman gets up at 3:30 AM (check the clock), eats breakfast, and sets out with his trusty cat to deliver the milk. When he is finished, he has noticed all sorts of early morning animals as well as a supposedly lost dog, which he returns, and the subtle clues to changes in the neighborhood. In addition, he has delivered plenty of milk and milk products before he returns to his family at 7:30 AM. The illustrations resemble those of classic illustrators of the thirties, forties, and fifties, with furred black lines, rounded shapes, and pleasant people in cozy neighborhoods, but Jones has done and outstanding job with the colors of the changing night to dawn and the sunrise positively warms the viewer's eye. In addition, it is a hymn to doing the job you love to do, the joys of early mornings, and the companionship of a trusty cat. Kids will love spotting the errant dog, seeing what the cat is doing, and noting what a milkman actually did eons ago when grandma (or great-grandma!) was a kid. 2005, Dutton, Ages 2 to 5.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.