|Wall in the middle of the book|
Author: Agee, Jon
A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 197885
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/18)
School Library Journal (09/01/18)
Booklist (+) (09/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/18)
The Hornbook (00/11/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2018 *Starred Review* A tall brick wall runs through the gutter of this book. On the left, a narrating knight mounts a ladder to replace a brick. He’s convinced the wall is a good thing because it protects his “safe” side from dangers on the other. Wild animals and a large man (the knight insists he is an ogre) live on the right side of the wall. “If the ogre ever caught me, he’d eat me up,” states the knight with certitude. What goes unmentioned is the water rising underneath the knight and a lot of predator-prey carnage beneath him. Eventually the knight falls into the water and is rescued by the ogre (who is actually a nice guy), and everyone ends up happily on a final spread that pays homage to Maurice Sendak’s wild rumpus. Agee’s signature cartoon artwork employs simple shapes, white backgrounds, and muted colors, appropriate to the deadpan delivery of the story. The ogre and animals may look fearsome, but everyone is well-behaved and pleasant. By contrast, bigger creatures keep eating smaller ones (much like in Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy) in the knight’s kingdom on the left side of the book. Will the intended audience recognize the xenophobia depicted here? Probably not. But the message that walls don’t help us understand our neighbors will stick. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 PreS-Gr 3—There's a wall in the middle of this book. And it's a good thing, because it protects one side of the book from the other side. Or, at least that's what the hero of the book, a young knight, thinks. As the knight warns readers about all of the dangers on the other side of the wall—like tigers and mean ogres—he remains oblivious to the rising water and crocodile who are sneaking up behind him on his side of the wall. Before the water engulfs him completely, the knight is rescued by a surprising savior, and he soon learns that things may not be so bad on the other side of the wall after all. The knight's journey reminds readers that instead of building walls, we should be tearing them down in order to understand who or what is on the other side. Agee's simple illustrations combined with his trademark humor and ability to let readers in on a secret that the protagonist knows nothing about, combine to solidify him as a hilarious picture book master. VERDICT A silly read-aloud with an important message. A solid choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing.—Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.