"I live at 165 East 95th Street, and I'm going to stay here forever." says the young hero firmly. After all, out West nobody plays baseball because they're too busy chasing buffaloes, and you have to ride a horse to school even if you don't know how, and you can't sit down because of the cactus. But his parents are moving West, and they say he has to go, too. Once there, however, the boy doesn't meet the Gila monsters he expected. And on the ride to his new home (by taxi, not horse) he discovers the West is neither as different nor as bad as he'd imagined. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Byron Barton share a keen sense of the ridiculous and a compassionate understanding of a child's anxieties. Together they have created a perceptive, exuberantly funny picture book that will have children in all parts of the country laughing away their own fears about new experiences.
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has been called "a shining star as a storyteller" by Publishers Weekly. Her many popular books include I Don't Care and What Are We Going to Do About Andrew? for young children; Griselda's New Year, Mitchell Is Moving and Sophie and Gussie for beginning readers; and several novels for older children. After many years in New York State (one of them at 165 East 95th Street, New York City) she now lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Byron Barton is a creator of children's picture books. His works have received six ALA Notable Book Awards, five SLJ Best Books of the Year selections, and two Reading Rainbow picks. Prior to working in children's literature, Barton was an animator for CBS.
Publisher: Aladdin (March 30, 1990)
Length: 32 pages
Grades: K - 3
Ages: 5 - 8
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