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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Adinolfi's (My Teacher's Secret Life) lighthearted excursion contains a bit of mystery (where is a plumber when you need one?) and zippy pastel-toned art. Tina's smoothly run diner has a little problem-a clogged sink-and while her burgers may be juicy and the pancakes always fluffier than pillows, without free-flowing water the diner grinds to a halt. As the dirty dishes pile up, Tina calls J.P. Pettifog, the best plumber in New York City, who is out of the office. The rest of the story follows the young narrator, who dashes off to Manhattan to find J.P. The stylized illustrations, with their topsy-turvy perspectives and cartoony characters, portray a diner setting circa 1950 (à la Happy Days), speeding urban vehicles (subways, ferries, helicopters and more), off-kilter skyscrapers, a Chinese pagoda and-to top it all off-a playful underground plumbing fantasy, complete with a crew of uniformed alligators. Tones of lemon yellow, cotton-candy pink and celery green radiate off the page and contribute mightily to the frenetic pace of the story, as well as highlight the multitude of clever visual plot accessories (Adinolfi decorates her skyscrapers with water pipes; the dishes and glasses are crazily stacked as if in a vaudeville routine). A whimsical adventure story that will leave many readers yearning for one of Tina's diner delights.
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Adinolfi's (My Teacher's Secret Life) lighthearted excursion contains a bit of mystery (where is a plumber when you need one?) and zippy pastel-toned art. Tina's smoothly run diner has a little problema clogged sinkand while her burgers may be juicy and the pancakes always fluffier than pillows, without free-flowing water the diner grinds to a halt. As the dirty dishes pile up, Tina calls J.P. Pettifog, the best plumber in New York City, who is out of the office. The rest of the story follows the young narrator, who dashes off to Manhattan to find J.P. The stylized illustrations, with their topsy-turvy perspectives and cartoony characters, portray a diner setting circa 1950 ( la Happy Days), speeding urban vehicles (subways, ferries, helicopters and more), off-kilter skyscrapers, a Chinese pagoda andto top it all offa playful underground plumbing fantasy, complete with a crew of uniformed alligators. Tones of lemon yellow, cotton-candy pink and celery green radiate off the page and contribute mightily to the frenetic pace of the story, as well as highlight the multitude of clever visual plot accessories (Adinolfi decorates her skyscrapers with water pipes; the dishes and glasses are crazily stacked as if in a vaudeville routine). A whimsical adventure story that will leave many readers yearning for one of Tina's diner delights. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Tina serves exceptionally delicious food at her diner, but when her sink stops up, catastrophe looms for her many eager patrons. She calls for help but gets only the plumber's answering machine. An enterprising young boy sets out to track down J.P. Pettifog. He rides the ferry, clambers along huge pipes, hitches a ride on a helicopter, and skateboards through the big city until he finally locates the plumber working down in the smelly, slimy sewer with hard-hatted alligators as assistants. Then it's off to the rescue, and Tina's dishes sparkle once again. Wild, double-page, mixed-media, cartoon-style artwork features odd perspectives and bright pastel colors. Swirling figures, tilting towers, and intricate plumbing surround the text, which is done in varied styles and colors. The most amusing part of the story is when the famous plumber turns out to be a young woman with snaky brown braids wearing green coveralls, but there's a lot to see on every lively page.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689806346
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/8/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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