CM . . .
. Volume XXII Number 17. . . .January 8, 2016
An unfortunate consequence of living in this digital age is that our children may not know the pleasure of cracking open a fresh, cold newspaper each morning. This picture book brings the reader back to a time when this occurrence was commonplace, when the daily paper was the only source of news. In Explosion Newsie, readers meet Macky, a young newsboy who has both a route and a corner in downtown Halifax from which he sells the daily newspaper. Dealing with all the perils of the job, from cold December weather to cranky customers, the author successfully depicts how hard it was to be a newsboy. The story is told against the backdrop of wartime Halifax (the First World War, that is). Macky struggles with his job – he loses his brother’s successful selling spot, has trouble with his bicycle, and consistently delivers late papers. But the incorporation of a real-life event, the explosion of the ship SS Mont-Blanc, allows Macky to redeem himself.
Halsey is quite successful at turning a historical moment into a captivating story, one that will appeal the most to young school-aged children. The illustrations in Explosion Newsie are realistic and detailed. Migani excels at depicting facial expressions and action scenes; the reader can almost feel how cold it is outside! The illustrations complement the text well, and both work together to provide the reader with a realistic and compelling story.
Roxy Garstad is the Collection Assessment Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton., AB.
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