Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop
Yearling, 2005 (2004)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
en-year old Jackson Jones '
carries the banner
' for yet another cause. This time it's to prevent Drane and Company from bulldozing
, the community garden. Jackson's Mama rented small Plot 5-1, in his name, even though its quite weedy. He planted a rose bush, which sure is taking its sweet time to bloom. There's also a bully in the neighborhood - Howard, aka
has a chest as big as a battleship!
r. Mosely grows very-large zucchini, Mr. Kerring tends to his beet greens and leeks all in perfect rows, and talks about the Victory Gardens of the 1940s. Jackson's other good neighbors and
friends are Juana and Reuben, plus Gaby and Ro Rivera, who are loud and annoying. Mama has a green thumb for nursing indoor plants back to health, such as a thrown-away ficus, now so huge it's taking over their apartment. She decides to enroll in courses for landscape design on top of her regular employment. Jackson pitches in, cooking and cleaning, yet his rose bush just sits there in the dirt. In the meantime, Juana et al stage protest marches and night vigils, with banners reading '
Save the Garden
Root for Rooter's
', and '
Mother Nature Now
'. And just when Jackson's rose bush decides to bloom with four big red roses ... uh, oh!
ary Quattlebaum's specialty in the fast-paced tales of Jackson Jones is her witty dialog, as when Jackson muses '
"Huh, if Mama wanted to study to be a plant doctor, well, I could take care of myself." I would live to eat those words. Boiled, broiled, breaded, and baked
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