Additional Book Information
Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
The Doorman's Repose
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
As we all know, it is very difficult to break into an apartment building and investigate the activities of its inhabitants. Luckily, Chris Raschka has managed to do this for us, so we may enjoy these marvelously intriguing stories without going to prison.
It doesn’t seem quite fair that Chris Raschka, so adept at telling stories pictorially, should be equally brilliant at telling them with words, but he is. What is it really like to live in the greatest city in the world? Read this tribute to the human and animal tenants of a quirky old apartment building in uptown Manhattan and you’ll know. The Doorman’s Repose is funny and moving and what those of us who write for young readers all secretly aspire to and almost never pull off: a book that will be devoured and cherished by kids and parents alike.
O. Henry proposed four million New York stories, but he was off by ten: the droll and expressive episodes offered in Chris Raschka’s The Doorman’s Repose. Set in an Upper East Side apartment building at a smart address, Raschka’s stories use comic understatement alongside ink wash illustrations in retailing everyday moments in the interconnected lives of residents both high and low. To the company of ur-New Yorkers like Stuart Little, Harriet the Spy, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, let me hold open the door for The Doorman’s Repose. A new favorite.
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.
—Claudia Lewis Poetry Award Blog