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John F. Green
Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski Richmond Hill (Ont.), Scholastic Canada, 1991. 32pp, cloth, $12.95
ISBN 0-59073873-9. CIP

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 2-7

Reviewed by Irene Aubery

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 January

Jennifer's two hobbies are collecting junk and watching Captain Astroblast on TV. When she and her father quarrel over the amount of junk in her bedroom, she moves out, with all her junk, into the backyard. While watching TV, she imagines that her favourite hero crashes his space cruiser but that she is able to repair the cruiser with all her junk and is thus instrumental in saving Astroblast's planet from the invader. As a reward, her hero gives her a piece of junk!

This is a fun-packed fantasy, and the heroine is appealing. All the junk-pile addicts will identify with Jennifer. The text is clever and lively.

The pictures (most of them are double-page spreads in attractive, bright colours) extend the text. They capture the ambience and sheer boisterousness of the story perfectly. The detail is interesting in the depiction not only of the masses of junk but also of the different characters.

Irene Aubrey, National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.
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