The Parent Thief

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New York, NY 1995 Hard cover Very good in very good dust jacket. Library binding. Cloth over boards. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The last place Jack wants to be is on a dull sea cruise with his family. So, when a mysterious boy, Quinn, offers to take him to an island populated entirely by children, Jack agrees. Off they fly in a bathtub-shaped balloon craft to Broomstick Island, which is just as much fun as Quinn has promised. Once there, the two boys decide to trade places until the end of the cruise. Thanks to Quinn's magic, their scheme works-especially for Quinn who, as Jack discovers, plans on leaving him on the island and taking his place in his family forever. As she did in The Dream Pillow, Modarressi spins a hip fairy tale that's both bewitching and slightly sinister. The shadowy watercolors appear fragile, as if painted on eggshells, yet own a prickly quality that adds to the sense of foreboding.The wrap-up is a bit too swift to satisfy, however, and questions remain: Are the other children on the island the victims of ``parent thieves''? Will Quinn ever find a family? At the conclusion, readers of this adventure will feel that they've woken, safe and sound, from a vaguely eerie dream. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A gentle lesson about appreciating one's family. Jack Parsley is bored with his parents and his younger twin sisters. One night, in the midst of an ocean-liner cruise vacation, he meets Quinn, a mop-topped redhead who invites him to an idyllic island just for kids. They fly there in ``...something that looked like a bathtub with a striped balloon floating above.'' Quinn offers to take Jack's place back on the ship and, casting a spell, he has the Parsley family believing he's their son. Meanwhile, back on the island, Jack enjoys his independence and friendship with the other kids until he wakes up one morning craving his mother's cranberry muffins and realizes there's no place like home. Modarressi's watercolors complement the simple text and give her story a subtlety not found in the words. Expressive eyes, often looking askance, and other facial reactions (Quinn always seems to be smirking) animate Jack's myriad emotions. Escaping is fine for a little while, but not even Jack is so miserable with his relatives that a quick reality check doesn't have him defending his turf from envious imitators.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531087763
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.49 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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