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Stevenson, James, 1929-2017.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
The author recalls the summers he and his brother spent at their grandparents house near the beach.

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The author recalls the summers he and his brother spent at their grandparents' house near the beach.

Author Notes

James Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York on July 11, 1929. He graduated from Yale University. He was a reporter from Life magazine before being hired by The New Yorker in 1956. He drew 1,988 cartoons, 79 covers, and wrote and illustrated articles including Talk of the Town pieces for the magazine. He also drew editorial cartoons for The New York Times and in 2004 began an occasional series for the Op-Ed page entitled Lost and Found New York, which looked back on people and places of the past.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books including Don't You Know There's a War On, The Worst Person in the World, Higher on the Door, The Mud Flat Olympics, Yard Sale, The Mud Flat Mystery, What's Under My Bed, That Terrible Halloween Night, and Worse Than Willy. In 1987, he won the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Nine. He also wrote novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Stevenson looks back to when, as a boy, he and his brother happily spent the month of July with their grandparents, who lived near the beach. From their white house, shaded by long porches, the boys ran with friends, explored the beach, enjoyed picnics, and otherwise romped through the warm, seemingly endless July days. Stevenson evokes his shore summers of yesterday with brief watercolor studies of people and scenery scattered across the pages. Energy and movement are here, but so are moments of quietude; it's intriguing to see Stevenson do so much with so little. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

A regular New Yorker cartoonist, Stevenson is as expressive with words as he is with a paintbrush. Here, whimsical watercolors and a text studded with appealing period details recreate a summer of 50 years ago, when the narrator visited his grandparents at the seashore. Traveling back in time, readers meet Grandpa, who dressed in knickers and played croquet; Grandma, who left a door unlocked every night ``in case anybody needs to get in''; and Mrs. Bartlett, who delivered the mail, driving her car ``on both sides of the road and, sometimes, down the middle.'' The boy and his friends participate in the summer pastimes of which memories are made: skipping stones, watching waves during a storm, toasting marshmallows and riding in a speedboat. Stevenson adds the right amounts of nostalgia and humor to his timeless story; readers of all ages will treasure this book--all year round. Ages 5-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- This book of gentle reminiscence combines past yet timeless joys into one perfect summer memory. Fifty years ago, July meant visits to Grandma and Grandpa's house near the beach. Grandpa wore knickers, croquet was the game of choice, and at night one door in the house was left unlocked ``in case anybody needs to get in.'' There was plenty to do, and plenty not to do. The ``don'ts'' will be familiar to modern children--don't slouch, don't bolt your food, don't make so much noise! Similar in style to Stevenson's Higher on the Door (1987) and When I Was Nine (1986, both Greenwillow), this lovingly executed book avoids heavy nostalgia by skillfully evoking universal pleasures of the season. Soft, evocative watercolors capture various moods with minimum detail but maximum emotional impact. With a few splashes and lines of color, Stevenson reveals the pure exuberance of racing bicycles along the boardwalk. In the final pages, the narrator at last takes a ride on Mr. Harding's speedboat, which turns out to be ``ten times better than I thought it would be!'' Young readers will feel the same way about this book, especially if they can share it with grandparents ready with memories of their own. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elemen . School, Pasadena, TX bpp, pl. send type, galleys, and one lightly waxed set, thanks. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.