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The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

by Troon Harrison

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To celebrate his fifth birthday, James and his mother spend a long weekend at the beach. Each day, James plays in the sand, building roads, farmhouses and castles. Unfortunately, the luxuriously idle beach play that is so absorbing in real life makes for tedious reading: ``He sat down and began to build in the sand. First he built two long, thin hills, and in the valley between them he built a town. He put his fire engine in the fire station . . . '' James's sandscapes grow increasingly imaginative--unicorns and knights in shining armor arrive on the scene--but the story lacks momentum and purpose, leaving vague dissatisfaction in its wake. Pale, emotionally detached watercolors further sink this rather ordinary trip to the beach. Ages 2-6. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Three whole days at the beach with his mother sounds better than a picnic with friends or a ride on a camel to Michael, so for his fifth birthday he chooses The Long Weekend. Each day, he creates a new world in the sand, and each evening the tide erases it. From town, to farm, to castle, the boy constructs with increasing diligence and ingenuity while basking in the comfortable companionship of a ``Mommy'' who can share the gentle pleasure of his whimsical play. Harrison's text is deeply satisfying as well-crafted sentences flow forth, forming a fantasy as splendid as Michael's sand worlds. Foreman's mixed-medium illustrations have the watercolor wetness of sea spray, the warm sandy texture of pastels, and the precision detailing of pencil. Perfect for bedtime, nap time, or quiet sharing, this is truly a celebration of the imagination.-Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City

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Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
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9.96(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.16(d)

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