Smoky Night


Smoky Night

Eve Bunting, text

David Diaz, illustrations

Harcourt, 1994

32 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: city life, crime, racial tension, violence, community, single parent family, cats

Also by this author: Fly Away Home, Coffin on a Case!, The Memory String, How Many Days to America?, Night Tree, S.O.S Titanic


Hey, Al


Hey, Al

Arthur Yorinks, text

Richard Egielski, illustrations

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986

28 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: birds, dogs, city life, travel, adventure, vacation, New York, magic, apartments

Other Titles by this author and illustrator: Homework, What a Trip!


The Saturdays

The Saturdays

by Elizabeth Enright

(first book in the Melendy Quartet series)

Henry Holt and Company, 1941

177 pp., 8 chapters

Age: 7+

Interests: family, siblings, art, music

Next: the other 3 Melendy books are The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two: a Melendy Maze

Also by this author: Thimble Summer, Gone-Away Lake


Great Joy

Great Joy

by Kate DiCamillo

illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007

28 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant

Also by this author: Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, Mercy Watson early chapter book series


City Lights (1931)

City Lights

Black & white, Silent

Released: 1931

Rated: G

Length: 87 min.

Age:  6+  sez:  8

Scary factor:  Guns are brandished, especially during burglary, but more for comedic effect – no harm is done.

Violence:  General slapstick knock-about humour. The Tramp is (cleanly) knocked unconscious in the boxing ring.

Questionable behaviour: drinking and drunken behaviour (including reckless driving) for humour; smoking cigars; wealthy drunk friend is suicidal in several instances

Interests: silent movies, history, city life, love story, money and class

Next: The Gold Rush, Modern Times, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior


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