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PICTURE BOOK PICK OF THE WEEK

THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison; Chronicle Books 2016





It’s the day before the parade to honor Clarksville’s own Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph. Everyone knows that Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, apart from the sashaying, hands-on-her-hip Charmaine, that is. Well, Alta isn’t about to stand for that, but on parade day when Alta is struggling with her banner to honor Wilma Rudolph, will she accept help from Charmaine to get it there in time?









From the very start, the text and illustrations have characters’ personalities popping right off the page in this delightful story about competition and cooperation, community and friendship.




“Got me some new shoes,” Charmaine says.
Boy-howdy, does she ever.

Brand-new, only-been-worn-by-her shoes with stripes down the sides and laces so while they glow.





The author’s note at the back of the book includes the inspirational story of sprinter Wilma Rudolph who won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games.

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kellyrfineman
Feb. 24th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
I am very much looking forward to reading this one - in part because I loved Sophie's Squash so much, so I like Pat's writing, but the illustrations look ADORABLE!
angeladegroot
Feb. 28th, 2016 02:04 pm (UTC)
Frank Morrison's illustrations are spot on. So well done, and so funny because of the girls' facial expressions. He captures them perfectly.
Sophie's Squash is one of my favorite PBs.
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