The Saturday Kid

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Saturday is Leo's favorite day of the week. It's the day he goes to the movies. The only problem is Morty, the neighborhood bully and troublemaker, who gets Leo thrown out of the movie one afternoon -- for something Morty has done! Leo dreams of getting even with Morty, but how?

Soon Leo is chosen to play his violin in a concert at City Hall -- an event covered by a newsreel cameraman -- and he actually shakes hands with the Mayor! But when Leo tells his friends about the ...

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Overview

Saturday is Leo's favorite day of the week. It's the day he goes to the movies. The only problem is Morty, the neighborhood bully and troublemaker, who gets Leo thrown out of the movie one afternoon -- for something Morty has done! Leo dreams of getting even with Morty, but how?

Soon Leo is chosen to play his violin in a concert at City Hall -- an event covered by a newsreel cameraman -- and he actually shakes hands with the Mayor! But when Leo tells his friends about the concert, Morty just jeers at him and tries to pick a fight. The way in which Morty finally gets his comeuppance makes a totally satisfying ending for Leo and for readers.

In a lively text with glorious, masterfully conceived and painted pictures, Edward Sorel, a distinguished artist, gives a splendid sense of New York in the 1930s and a boy's dreams of glory come true.

Leo wonders why Morty always causes him trouble, but after spending a Saturday with his violin teacher and then seeing himself in a newsreel at the movies, Leo doesn't worry about Morty anymore.

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The New York City of the 1930s is recreated, complete with elevated trains, movie palaces, and the Automat Cafeteria, through the eyes of Leo, a young movie fan and aspiring violinist. His nemesis is Morty, who picks on him and leads him into trouble. But Leo is chosen to play in a concert at City Hall. Then, even better, he is filmed for a newsreel that everyone can see, an ending better than his wildest, movie-inspired dreams. The scenes alternate between the detailed reality of the city and double-page, fantasized movie sets complete with former stars like James Cagney and Errol Flynn. Leo, of course, is shown in a starring role. Sorel's nervous line and subdued, transparent colors serve admirably to recreate the ambiance of the time and placeā€”one that these reviewers remember. 2000, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, $18.00. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Gr 1-4-Noted caricaturist Sorel applies his signature sketchy style to a period story of spunk and adventurous comeuppance. Leo, who lives with his mother in New York City in the 1930s, has two obsessions: Saturdays at the movies and playing the violin. When Morty, the neighborhood bully, gets him thrown out of the theater, the boy longs to get even. Leo's movie-style daydreams of revenge as a G-man, pirate buccaneer, and World War I pilot are just flights of fancy. Little does he dream that his opportunity to play the violin for the Mayor will make the newsreel and satisfyingly quash any future trouble from Morty. As Sorel's fine line shading gives dimension to figures and objects, the clothing and setting details give dimension to the locale and time period. This pixilated glimpse of an era past-with a trip to the Automat, elevated trains, and Saturday matinees-is depicted on large pages that draw readers into the scenarios. A lot of nostalgia, an appealing underdog, and good old-fashioned moxie will charm any child who dares to dream.-Julie Cummins, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689823992
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 12.33 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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