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The Busiest Street in Town

 
 
 
 
The Busiest Street in Town
Author: Mara Rockliff
ISBN 13: 9780375840203
ISBN 10: 375840206
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
List Price: $16.99
 
 

Agatha Walker does not want to live on the busiest street in town!Rushmore Boulevard is the busiest street in town—until Agatha May Walker decides to do something about it. Armed with a batch of Sweet and Spicy ginger snaps, a wingback chair, a card table, and a Parcheesi set, Agatha and her best friend, Eulalie Scruggs, take to the street to reclaim it from the noisy cars, motorcycles, and giant trucks that rumble by all day long. Can these lifelong friends convince their neighbors to stop and smell the honeysuckle, listen to the mariachi band, and best of all, sample the Sweet and Spicy ginger snaps? In this charming picture book about slowing down, a laid-back attitude is the best kind. So sit for a spell and give it a whirl!

The New York Times - Rich Cohen

The Busiest Street in Town is a fable, the story of a grandmotherly woman, Agatha May Walker, who wants to take gingersnap cookies to her friend Eulalie but cannot get across a street swollen with trucks and cars…Agatha then makes the sort of simple gesture said to change the world: she moves her chair into the street and sits there cheerfully as trucks and cars swerve wildly around her. A weirdly dangerous episode for a picture book, but in it I see a hint of the lone citizen standing in the path of the tank. Here, at least, the gesture itself is enough to defeat the machine.