School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-Kiku and Yoshi are off for a visit to their grandfather, the Japanese artist Hokusai. His woodblock prints and other illustrations are used to show the travels of the siblings and what they see on their way to his house in Edo, now Tokyo. Unfortunately, readers don't know that these are reproductions of his art until the final page, and they may be confused when they never see the children on their journey. The author's use of a fictional account as a device to showcase the art works better when they arrive at their grandfather's and he regales them with stories of his travels and adventures, illustrated again with his work. The text is weak and often contrived. Christina Bjork's Linnea in Monet's Garden (R & S Bks., 1987) uses this device far more effectively.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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