Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! return in this second sweet picture book inspired by the author's fond and funny memories of "/>

WHEN CATHERINE THE GREAT AND I WERE EIGHT!

Cari Best, Author, Giselle Potter, Illustrator , illus. by Giselle Potter. FSG/Kroupa $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-374-39954-2

The characters featured in Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! return in this second sweet picture book inspired by the author's fond and funny memories of her Russian grandmother. Eight-year-old Sara and her family and neighbors are sweltering in the city's summer heat. To cool off, the whole crew piles into Mr. Minsky's car for a spur-of-the-moment road trip to the beach. Traffic jams, engine trouble and other delays ensue, but Grandma Catherine's resourcefulness, high spirits and enthusiastic expressions of "Da!" (yes!) keep everyone from having a meltdown. The long-awaited dip in the Atlantic Ocean proves an experience for Sara and Catherine to cherish. Best's fluid text and colorful turns of phrase bring a hot summer day into focus—along with a diverse cast of characters. Her childlike details (they sit "three in the radio seat, three in the sandwich seat and two in the carsick seat in the way, way back") will elicit knowing grins. Potter's vibrant watercolors convey a surprising sense of movement given the flattened, naïve style. With their ever-present crooked smiles, her figures—of pleasantly varied shape, size and dress—capture the story's lighthearted sense of adventure. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/30/2003
Release date: 08/01/2003
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.