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Kid Blink Beats the World
ISBN: 9781596430037
Author: Brown, Don
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Published: September 2004
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: The story of the newsboys (and girls) who took on the world's most powerful press barons--and won--in the summer of 1899 is told in this fascinating picture book. Full color.
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Physical Information: 0.32" H x 9.98" L x 10.06" W (0.84 lbs) 32 pages
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Non-Fiction, History, Early Elementary
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
Brown's picture book recounts the events of 1899 when young New York "newsies" staged a strike after Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer raised their rates for [cf2]The World[cf1] and [cf2]The Journal[cf1] by a penny per stack. The accessible text presents a cogent, kid-empowering tale of underprivileged youngsters whose actions really made a difference, and the loosely drawn illustrations convey great energy. Bib. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #6)
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Street smart kids battle publishing bigwigs! Using a picture book format, Brown recounts the events of 1899 when New York paper peddlers Kid Blink, Race Track Higgins, Crazy Arborn, and thousands of other young "newsies" staged a newspaper strike after Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer raised their rates for The World and The Journal by a penny per stack. The accessible text presents a cogent, kid-empowering tale of underprivileged youngsters whose actions really made a difference. (Within two weeks, the newspapers went from printing 350,000 copies per day to 125,000.) The loosely drawn pencil-and-watercolor illustrations convey great energy as the knickered newsboys (the text mentions newsgirls, though boys are the focus here) pelt deliverymen with rotten fruit, march in parades, and hold teeming rallies, in a conflict that ended, if not in victory, with a compromise that satisfied both sides of the dispute. An author's note places events in historical perspective, and a brief bibliography directs readers to further information. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 October #3)
Most of Brown's (Odd Boy Out, reviewed above) previous biographies have celebrated famous men and women. Here, the hero is a child. The son of poor immigrants, Kid Blink (so nicknamed, according to an endnote, for a blind eye) sells newspapers on New York City's streets. In the summer of 1899, when Mr. Pulitzer and Mr. Hearst raise the wholesale price for 10 copies of their papers (The World and The Journal) from five to six cents, Kid Blink and his fellow "newsies" decide to strike: "I'm trying to figure how ten cents on a hundred papers can mean more to a millionaire than it does to newsboys, an' I can't see it," Kid Blink says. "If they can't spare it, how can we?" The boy's public speeches unite hundreds of newsboys. Withstanding threats of violence and jail sentences, they stay true to their own code of chivalry ("A feller don't soak a lady," the hero tells newsies who threaten to steal papers from a woman's newsstand). In Brown's spreads and spot illustrations, draft horses, knickerbockers and bowler hats convey the flavor of life in the city more than 100 years ago. Brown's dreamy sepia washes soften scenes in which thugs hired by the newspaper magnates chase boys down alleys and policemen take children to jail. Although younger listeners may not fully understand the nature of the compromise that stopped the strike, they will be thrilled by the idea of a political movement which crowns an urban boy underdog as its leader, and by the sympathetic adults who shower Kid Blink and his friends with coins. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.