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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Pages: 176
Publication Date: May 16, 2017

The Doorman's Repose

by Chris Raschka


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Some of us look up at those craggy, mysterious apartment buildings found in the posher parts of New York City and wonder what goes on inside. The Doorman’s Repose collects ten stories of the doings of 777 Garden Avenue, one of the craggiest. The first story recounts the travails of the new doorman, who excels at all aspects of his work except for perhaps the most important—talking baseball. Other stories tell of a long-forgotten room, a cupid-like elevator, a poisoned boiler, and the unlikely romance of a cerebral psychologist and a jazz musician, both mice. Because the animals talk and the machinery has feelings, these are children’s stories. Otherwise they are for any child or adult intrigued by what happens when many people, strangers or kin, live between shared walls and ceilings, under one high, gargoyled, turreted roof.

by Chris Raschka


Raschka’s genius lies in capturing the essence of situations that are deeply felt by children.
School Library Journal

Chris Raschka...employs mixed-media in the form of watercolors, ink and torn rice paper to make the fun collages that appear on each page. He places a clever design on the top corner of each page to give the readers a clue to understanding the different types of poems.
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