October 9, 2009

The Elevator Man by Stanley Trachtenberg

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:17 pm by suebe2

“The Elevator Man” (Eerdmans, 34 pages, $18.00) by Stanley Trachtenberg, ages 4 – 8
What did you want to be when you grew up?  Nathan wants to be an elevator man – operating the controls, opening the sliding door and holding the elevator for someone special.  When his apartment building modernizes, they replace the elevator with one that is shiny and new and lacking everything that Nathan loved, including the elevator man.  But the elevator man has moved on to his dream job leaving the shiny new buttons for an up-and-coming new elevator operator – Nathan.  The heavy black lines and bright colors of Paul Cox’s illustrations add to the old time feel of this brand new book.  An excellent choice for quiet reading and story time where old dreamer and young dreamers alike can share the stories magic.  Trachtenberg captures perfectly the feeling many children have that the adults are, yet again, missing what is truly important and fun in the world around them.

elevatorThe Elevator Man by Stanley Trachtenberg*

(Eerdmans)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Nathan wants to be an elevator man – operating the controls, opening the sliding door and holding the elevator for someone special.  When his apartment building modernizes, they replace the elevator with one that is shiny and new and full of confusing buttons.  Everything that Nathan loved, including the elevator man, is missing.

Not to worry.  The elevator man has moved on to his dream job, leaving the shiny new buttons for an up-and-coming new elevator operator – Nathan.

This book an old-time feel that is hard to describe but the heavy black lines and bright colors of Paul Cox’s illustrations add to this feel.

An excellent choice for quiet reading and story time where old dreamer and young dreamers alike can share the story’s magic.  Trachtenberg captures perfectly the feeling many children have that the adults are, yet again, missing what is truly important and fun in the world around them.

–SueBE

*And, yes, this book was an advanced copy provided to reviewers by the publisher.

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