Roberto Walks Home

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Roberto is thrilled that his older brother Miguel is going to walk him home from school. But when Miguel forgets and shoots hoops with his friends instead, Roberto is mad and has to walk alone. How will Miguel make it up to Roberto?

Inspired by the works of Ezra Jack Keats and featuring Roberto, a classic character from Dreams, Louie, and Pet Show!, this moving story by award-winning author Janice N. Harrington?with gorgeous Keatsian illustrations by Jody Wheeler?is sure to win...

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Roberto is thrilled that his older brother Miguel is going to walk him home from school. But when Miguel forgets and shoots hoops with his friends instead, Roberto is mad and has to walk alone. How will Miguel make it up to Roberto?

Inspired by the works of Ezra Jack Keats and featuring Roberto, a classic character from Dreams, Louie, and Pet Show!, this moving story by award-winning author Janice N. Harrington?with gorgeous Keatsian illustrations by Jody Wheeler?is sure to win the hearts of Ezra Jack Keats fans.

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K-Gr 3

Harrington follows Roberto, a character who appears a number of times in Ezra Jack Keats's picture books, on his way home from school. His older brother was supposed to have picked him up, and they were going to play basketball, but Miguel never shows up and Roberto is forced to walk the streets alone. When he passes the courts and sees Miguel playing a game of hoops with the bigger kids, Roberto is understandably furious. Back in their room, he slams and stomps until he wears himself out and falls fast asleep. After a wonderful dream in which he flies over the courts and snatches the ball away, Roberto is awakened by an apologetic Miguel, who takes him out to play. Keats was one of the first to feature children of color in picture books, and this homage is a reminder of what we owe to his artistic vision. Despite being derivative, the illustrations hold their own and evocatively emulate Keats's bright, colorful work. This story of two brothers who forgive each other's flaws is worth adding to most collections.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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"Based on characters created by Ezra Jack Keats"-whose name is the only one on the front cover and spine-this homage pairs a new urban tale with illustrations that draw on Keats's palette and collage style to create a similar look. Having waited in vain for big brother Miguel to collect him after school for a promised game of hoops, Roberto scuffs his way home for some angry drawing and dreaming. Wheeler creates a familiar setting for figures that look a little more rounded than their originals but are instantly recognizable, and Roberto's emotional tempest receives an authentically low-key depiction. Unlike Keats, however, Harrington's not content to let the pictures do the talking. Her poetic touches, though lovely, unnecessarily decorate the spare text and render his timeless inner-city neighborhood explicitly a fearsome place ("He walked past the long dark alley soured with grease and garbage"). The brotherly reconciliation at the end aptly caps this more-or-less respectful return to Keats's timeless characters. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670063161
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 2 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice N. Harrington is an acclaimed poet and writer of children's books. Her picture book Going North won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. A former children's librarian, she lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Jody Wheeler is the illustrator of over forty books for children, including Corduroy Lost and Found (Viking). She lives in New York, New York.

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