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by James Stevenson
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Greenwillow, 2002
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

From a used car lot transformed by overnight snow to a gate guarding rocks or a view of Mt. Grunge, James Stevenson shows us how to look at the familiar in new and winsome ways. His watercolor illustrations add a sense of nostalgia and text fonts and color enhance the author's free verse messages.

In this collection, I especially enjoyed Surprises ... 'I've been attacked by a rooster, / Kicked by a horse ... You never know / What's on somebody else's mind.' There's the aloe that 'dreams of becoming an octopus', the stacked mall, children at the planetarium, dawn in New York city and more whimsical corn-food for the mind.

It's a remarkable series, well worth collecting.

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