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The Chandeliers

The Chandeliers

by Vincent X. Kirsch, Vincent X Kirsch
     
 

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Night after night, little Rufus Chandelier watches from the wings while the rest of his family puts on "the greatest show in town." But Rufus isn't quite big enough to be a part of the show. Until the night when everything goes terribly wrong, and it is Rufus Chandelier who makes certain that the show goes on. With winsome, colorful illustrations, Vincent X. Kirsch

Overview

Night after night, little Rufus Chandelier watches from the wings while the rest of his family puts on "the greatest show in town." But Rufus isn't quite big enough to be a part of the show. Until the night when everything goes terribly wrong, and it is Rufus Chandelier who makes certain that the show goes on. With winsome, colorful illustrations, Vincent X. Kirsch's entertaining story shows that the greatest reward is simply the chance to help others—no matter how little you might be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kirsch’s bubbly, exuberant artwork recalls that of illustrators like Ungerer and Steig, but his sweetly loopy, stagestruck family of giraffes is all his own. Youngest son Rufus Chandelier isn’t old enough to perform, but he comes into his own one memorable night when he saves his family from a string of theatrical disasters. “When it was time for Mr. Maximilian Chandelier’s big speech, he could not remember what he was supposed to say.” Rufus prompts him, helps his armor-clad Granddaddy through a trapdoor, produces thunder, and plays a timely tuba solo. Kirsch (Forsythia & Me) offers something for everyone: costume-lovers will admire Rufus’s Eton suit and his Granny’s Marie Antoinette ball gown. Fans of wild contraptions will appreciate the family’s five-wheeled, seven-seater bicycle (“The Chandeliers had to make a quick escape. Rufus pedaled”). And old stagehands will smile when Rufus uses a topiary bush to walk a parasol over to his mother. It’s a delightful turn on the theme of the quiet child who becomes a hero, and certain to be summoned for many encores. Ages 4–8. Agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh and Otis. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“There are humorous visual details in the bustling watercolor-and-line compositions…and children will enjoy searching for the tiny mouse wearing a giraffe costume in every scene.” —Kirkus

“…a delightful turn on the theme of the quiet child who becomes a hero, and certain to be summoned for many encores.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
Meet the Chandeliers—Maxamillian, his wife Daphne, their two children Galahad and Daffodil, Granny, and Grandaddy—a team of giraffe performers appearing nightly in the greatest show in town. Backstage the team primps in the dressing room's custom designed long-necked lighted mirrors in preparation for their unique routines. Tag-a-long Rufus, the youngest Chandelier, stands off to the side during the make-up session longing to be old enough to perform. He may be "upstaged," but in reality he is the right-hand man and the one to trust to make things right. Act I finds Granny ready to enter with her dress and wig on backwards. Rufus straightens her out and throughout the show he is in the "right place at the right time," rendering assistance to make the show go on without any miscues. His presence is significant in an assortment of roles including stagehand, prompter, drummer, conductor, light man (turns on the house lights after theater darkens), peddler of a 7-seater bike, and tuba player. A performance is never without its perils and on this night an unwelcome monster shadow appears on the scene. Again Rufus saves the show, winning his way onto the cast list. Now there are seven Chandeliers doing curtain calls and Rufus is no longer stage-struck. The slow pace and lack of drama falls short of sparking reader's attention. The tall format (11.2 x 7.5) of the book accommodates the height of the giraffes but many of the watercolor-and-line illustrations lack a focal point, appearing too busy for young viewers. Accolades to the illustrator for charming costumes, creative giraffe topiaries, and a mini giraffe that finds a spot in every scene. Reviewer: Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The plot is a bit slim in this story about a family of performing giraffes. It opens with an introduction to the Chandeliers, outlining who they are and what they're known for, not unlike the brief descriptions of actors found in theater programs. Readers are then abruptly dropped into the story of their performance. It becomes clear a few pages into the story that one character who was not in the introduction keeps appearing-"Little Rufus Chandelier was not big enough to perform in the show..." but he ends up saving the day in every instance. Each spread consists of a few simple sentences stating what's happening in that particular scene. The illustrations are bright and colorful with the giraffes having specific characteristics, making them easily distinguishable from one another, but the spreads don't seem to connect together to form one coherent tale. There are far better books that tell children in a humorous and relatable way about being the youngest and finding one's own place in a vibrant family.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Kirsch applies his ornate flourishes to a troupe of giraffes in this tale of theatrical entrances and exits. Each member of the world-renowned Chandelier family is featured in a pre–title-page cameo during which their extensive experience is highlighted--except for young Rufus. Not yet old enough to perform, he nevertheless proves his worth as the show unfolds. Ever the resourceful stagehand, he swings in on a trapeze to cue his father, camouflages himself with topiary to walk a parasol out to his mother, and brings up the rear in his brother's horse costume. There are humorous visual details in the bustling watercolor-and-line compositions, and children will enjoy searching for the tiny mouse wearing a giraffe costume in every scene. Ultimately, however, the narrative loses steam. By the time Rufus is making thunder and lifting the moon, he and readers are just going through the motions to get to the end. The climax perpetuates the pattern: The busy hero casts a shadow monster and turns on the lights when they mysteriously dim, but the lack of actual drama, the static pace and the uneven writing yield waning interest. Fans of the illustrator's previous works (and theater) will forgive the flaws in favor of the electrifying compositions; those seeking true conflict or emotional connections should look elsewhere. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466816466
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
36
File size:
20 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Vincent X. Kirsch is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Forsythia&Me. He lives in New York City.
Vincent X. Kirsch is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including The Chandeliers, Forsythia&Me, Natalie&Naughtily, and Two Little Boys From Toolittle Toys. He lives in New York City.

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