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The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
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Apr 28, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: belongs-to-my-parents, dds-800s-literature, jf
Recommended to noodle by: Mom
Recommended for: EVERYONE
Read in January, 1987 , read count: 4

For no particular reason, the phrase "Maxie Hammerman, the Pushcart King" slid to the front of my mind a few minutes ago, and it made me smile so stupidly that I just had to get this book on my list.

My mother first read the story to my older brother and me when we were small. When I got taller, I saw it on the family bookshelf and read it again. I've read this book several times, and I think it might be among those that I've read aloud to my younger sisters. If I haven't, shame on me. I love this book. I love the illustrations, the funny names, the classic struggle of the little guy versus the Big Baddie, and the sheer warmth and personality of the telling, with all of its solemn absurdity.

I haven't seen it in years and I could do with a re-reading. I was going to give it four stars, but I decided that any book that I feel like I would always be willing to read should probably get the full five.

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