A “very vivid and entertaining tale of fair play and poetic justice,”* The Araboolies of Liberty Street by writer Sam Swope and illustrator Barry Root is the story of a family overcoming neighborhood prejudice.
The General and Mrs. Pinch have always prided themselves on the character of those living on Liberty Street. But when the Araboolies move in, the rigid conformity stifling the neighbors is shattered by the newcomers’ joyous and eccentric behavior.
Now, the General has called in the army to reestablish orderonly to find resistance from the children of Liberty Street determined to ensure the freedom of their newfound friends, the Araboolies.
“Even on a street named for freedom itself, people conform and are terrified by bullies, by killjoys…Enter the Araboolies, an irrepressible extended family of multicolored vagabonds [with] rollicking, nonconformist behavior.”*The New York Times Book Review
“The crisp text and autumn-muted, full-color paintings are a triumph of energy, enthusiasm, and design.”Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Sam Swope lives in New York City and teaches creative writing in schools across the country and on the Internet.
Barry Root is the illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You know, I love this book. The picture are beautiful, the text is well-written and funny, the story is good... there is just one part that sort of sticks in my craw... at the end when the author makes the comment about armies not being able to think. It just didn't seem to fit - it seemed more like a gripe or a jab from the author. We all understood what was happening and why the army would go to General Pinch's house, we just didn't need that extra commentary, I thought it sort of distracted from the story. It pulled me out of the story for a moment to look at the author and his views instead of what was happening. Still, a good book overall.
My chldren loved this book, and so did I. It has a quirky sense of humor, and a very important message about being 'different'--and about tolerance as well.
This is an excellent book to help teach children that it is okay to be different; and that individual differences should be recognized and cherished! It is filled with wonderful pictures and thoughtful words!