Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Paperback – 1 November 2018
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- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (1 November 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1328499219
- ISBN-13 : 978-1328499219
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 13.02 x 2.04 x 19.37 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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#37,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #575 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #2,170 in Children's Reference (Books)
- #4,619 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
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"Majestic street lamps were staggered on both sides of the sidewalk, spaced fifty paces apart. In the evening, the warm glow of the lights made passersby feel that this street might have looked the same one hundred years earlier."
I really really loved the imagery in this book. The brownstone where the Vanderbeekers live is described so beautifully and with such details that you can imagine it to be the happiest place in the world. All 5 children have unique personalities that distinguish them but they look out for each other in that special way siblings do. They are also surrounded by loving friends neighbours and pets. The book is warm and cozy and a really really lovely read.
Top reviews from other countries
Set in Harlem, New York City, the Vanderbeekers' lease is not being renewed to the brownstone they have lived in for years. The five children are upset about this news and set about devising a plan to change their landlord's mind. Having never seen the landlord, Mr. Beiderman, over the years they have lived there, he has grown in their imagination a someone who is larger than life.
Although the plot is a bit predictable and the denouement is very quick and smooth, this book is so fun and makes a great family read-aloud.
I would enjoy checking in on the Vanderbeekers in the future.