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The clubhouse
Suen, Anastasia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Peter, Amy, Archie, Lily and Louie work together to build a clubhouse in a vacant lot.
General Note:
Based on the characters created by Ezra Jack Keats.

Viking easy to read book.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 58783.
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In The Clubhouse , a pile of old junk, some borrowed tools, and a lot of teamwork are all Peter and his friends need to transform a messy vacant lot into a special place to play.

Author Notes

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Anastasia Suen' and Ezra Jack Keats' Loose Tooth. Gr. K-2. Like Willie's Birthday(2001) andHamster Chase(2001), these books in the Viking Easy-To-Read series are based on the characters created by the late Ezra Jack Keats, and the setting is Peter's multiracial, inner-city neighborhood. In The ClubhousePeter and his friends find a pile of old wood in a vacant lot, and, with the help of a kind store owner, they build a place to play. As in many of Keats' picture books, a game is at the center of Loose Tooth.Peter is trying to hold on to his loose tooth so that he won't have a hole in his smile for the school photo. He loses it in a game of basketball against the tough kids from Room 3, but he still finds good reason to smile. The combination of the wild action on the court and the personal story makes this a winner. In both books bright, active pictures, which blend watercolor with collage in Keats' style, will bringbeginning readers into the pages. Hazel Rochman.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This beginning reader introduces children to a more modern and slightly more grown-up version of Ezra Jack Keats's neighborhood gang: Peter, Amy, Archie, Lily, and Louie. With nothing to do on a summer day, the youngsters put their heads together and come up with a plan to build a clubhouse. Out of a big pile of junk, they turn an ordinary day into something special, which is exactly what the original books were all about. Suen's narrative resembles Keats's rendering of long, slow days of childhood wonder found in things like snow, plain brown boxes, and stray kittens. And Eitzen does a fine job mimicking Keats's urban funkiness in watercolor and collage images. The illustrations are not little pieces of art and the story lacks the originality of Keats's award-winning work, but the goal of creating an easy-to-read vignette with characters that children may recognize and can relate to is sufficiently accomplished.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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