Tire Mountain

Andrea Cheng, Author, Ken Condon, Illustrator , illus. by Ken Condon. Boyds Mills $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-932425-60-4

In this understated and affecting story, Aaron’s mama wants a better life for her family—“someplace clean and beautiful.” To her, that means moving the family away from the smelly, noisy city street corner where they live and operate a tire business. Aaron loves his corner and the mountain of used tires produced by his father’s work (“Dad can change a tire faster than I can say Aaron Jacob Johnson”). When his mother shows him a pamphlet with pictures of “perfect” suburban houses, he wishes he could “tear it into a thousand pieces.” Détente is finally reached after Aaron turns a nearby empty lot into a clean, beautiful place of his own-–a playground outfitted with flower gardens, a swing, a tunnel and sandbox, all built with tires from the mountain. Cheng (Marika ) gracefully articulates the quiet understanding arrived at by mother and son. “Mama folds the pamphlet and uses it like a fan,” she writes. “ 'When we do move, some day,” asks Aaron gingerly, “ 'do you think we could take a tire... to make a tire swing?’ ” “ 'That could be arranged,’ ” responds Mama with a hug. At first glance, Condon’s (Sky Scrape/ City Scape ) blocky paintings feel wooden in comparison with the emotionally astute prose; even Aaron doesn’t seem quite at home in his environment. But as the story unfolds, the warm colors and mural-like qualities feel absolutely right. It’s a kid’s-eye view of the world, where physical presences offer rock-solid comfort. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 08/20/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
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.