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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twice a year Pierre visits his Grand Ma Mere in her grand Parisian house and plays tricks on the servants. The dowager is unruffled by the boy's shenanigans, however; perhaps because ``in the whole world, Grand Ma Mere loved two things best: Pierre, and her wonderful tulips.'' But on one eventful stay, Pierre--apparently bored with placing a toad in the gardener's boot and running the chambermaid's bloomers up the flagpole--decides to take on Grand Ma Mere and her tulips. How she and the servants foil him and take their revenge makes a neat and amusing denouement. Santini ( Santa's Secret Helper ) sets a 1920s mood with her muted, slightly satirical watercolors and deftly connects the foreground action with garden, street or other rooms with strong, diagonally organized perspectives. Story and art thus jointly contribute to this engaging period piece with a touch of slapstick. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Grand Ma Mere loves two things best in the whole world-her grandson, Pierre and her beautiful tulip gardens. Everyone can understand why she adores her gardens; they are among the most beautiful in all of Paris. As for Pierre, the servants cannot quite understand her affection. Pierre loves to play tricks on anyone and everyone; everyone except Grand Ma Mere. Every spring and every autumn, Pierre visits Grand Ma Mere and plays his tricks. Pierre decides that it's time to play a trick on Grand Ma Mere and devises what he thinks is the grandest trick of all. But this year, the tables are turned much to Pierre's surprise. Santini's watercolor illustrations are brilliant, lively, and perfect.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Twice a year Pierre visits his Grand Ma Mere at her opulent Parisian estate. The grandame loves both her grandson and her garden, but it is apparent that she has more control over her flowers than she does over his constant trickery. She is a woman of wit and resourcefulness, however, and when Pierre plans a prank involving her tulips, she has the last word. Perhaps the story would sound better when told by the author, who is a professional storyteller; in print, however, it is bumpy and disjointed, and Pierre is more annoyingly self-centered than funny. Santini's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are a good fit for a Parisian trickster story; her style is a coarse variation of Lisbeth Zwerger's, peopled with Toulouse-Lautrec-like characters. --Carolyn Jenks, formerly at Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451340
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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