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About this item
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Imagination & Play
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Age Range: 4-8 years
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Street Date: February 13, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-0992
Lisa Mantchev offers a nifty solution to the problem of squabbling siblings under the auspices of an exuberant picture book, "Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!," for 3- to 7-year-olds. Jinx is a small girl, the Doom her little brother; we read that "they used to fight each other." Fabulously fun artwork by Samantha Cotterill shows a cartoon-style explosion on a sofa, where brother and sister are biffing it out. After discovering a common cause, they decide to use their powers for good rather than evil. Now the siblings devote their energies to protecting the innocent (saving a stuffed bear from laundering) and protecting the planet (zapping a plastic dinosaur menacing a toy city). "They stop to have lunch . . . but then they get back to FIGHTING CRIME!" For her illustrations, Ms. Cotterill creates 3-D pictures by photographing hand-drawn cut-outs in bright little tableaux. The shadows are the best part, because they reveal the children's view of events. In one scene Jinx and the Doom are chasing after their dog, who's dashing away from the bath with a rubber duck. The splashing bathwater casts a mighty wave-shaped shadow, and the dog, well, we can see from his shadow that he's actually a terrible toothy shark. Fighting crime definitely takes imagination.--The Wall Street Journal "February 17, 2018 "
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