Wake up, Wilson Street

Wake up, Wilson Street

by Abigail Thomas, William Low

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School Library Journal
PreS-- From a rocking chair by the kitchen window, Nana and Little Joe watch their neighbors wake up. They see the newsboy on his bike, a neighbor sweeping her front stoop, another washing his car. Down the street, the owner of the corner grocery sets out tomatoes and corn. Richly colored scenes show Nana and Little Joe and everything they see from the window. Thickly layered oil paintings are particularly successful in capturing early morning light, from the long blue shadows when the sun is low to the clear bright light that follows. But shifting perspectives create an awkwardness in the depiction of the neighbors' activities. Some, like the grocer setting out his displays, are shown from above; the milkman, delivering milk bottles to the same store, is seen from below, at curbside seat. Some spreads cut off the tops of heads and people's feet, like Cinemascope stripped down for a small screen. While Nana and Little Joe are rooted in the rocking chair, the point-of-view of their apparent observations is irregular and graceless. The intent of the story, to show a cozy relationship between grandmother and child, is jarred by the artist's interpretation. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Janice Del Negro
Little Joe and his nana are always the first to awake on Saturday mornings. With cups of hot chocolate in hand, they sit in the big chair in the front window of the house and watch as the newsboy delivers the papers, the grocer unrolls his red awning, and Mr. Oakley, "the duck man," feeds the ducks. As the sun rises over Wilson Street, doors open, trucks rattle by, people bustle, and birds chirp. This large-size picture book is a gentle view not only of morning on this particular street, but also of the loving relationship between little Joe and his grandmother. Low's vibrant, full-color oil paintings are "up close and personal," with a deliberately inclusive perspective that is both unusual and effective. A good lap-time story, this will also work with groups, especially ones gathered for an evening or bedtime story session.

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st ed
Age Range:
10 Years

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