When Mama Comes Home Tonight ) and McCully (Mirette on the High Wire ) turn in less than their most substantial perfo"/>

WHAT DO ANGELS WEAR?

Eileen Spinelli, Author, Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator , illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. HarperCollins $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-028886-0

Spinelli (When Mama Comes Home Tonight ) and McCully (Mirette on the High Wire ) turn in less than their most substantial performances in this sweet, soothing but empty-headed bedtime book. As a mother says goodnight to a child (who could be either sex), the child starts asking questions about angels, to which the mother replies in verse. "Tell me this, can angels sing?/ Yes, just like the birds in spring./ Sometimes they will sing along/ With the hurdy-gurdy's song," runs a typical exchange. Readers also learn that angels wear "sparkles in their hair,/ Flowing flower-printed smocks,/ And in winter, woolen socks." McCully obligingly supplies a cast of gender-neutral, mostly white, winged children garbed in gaily patterned smocks, cavorting amid fluffy white clouds or perched "in an orchard sweet with pears,/ On benches, trains and rocking chairs." The artist tosses in an angel who sits on the child's nightstand, unobserved, and she gives the child's cat its own angel double, too, a winged feline. These innovations aside, the visual interpretation adheres to the text's sugary recipe. These "angels" have no divine role to play; they could just as easily be fairies or sprites. Their purpose here seems to consist of helping the mother lull her child to sleep. Asked at the end if angels are real, the mother says, "Yes, my love, that's how I feel./ Real as love and wind and light./ Real as Mama's kiss good night." Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/27/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.