The Liszts

by Maclear, Kyo, 1970-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea MACLEAR Kyo
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea MACLEAR Kyo
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC MACLEAR
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC MACLEAR
The Lizsts make lists. They make lists most usual and lists most unusual. They make lists in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn; they make lists every day except Sunday, which is a listless kind of day anyway. So does their cat. Then one day a visitor arrives. A visitor not on anyone's invite list. How will The Lizsts handle something unexpected arising? Kyo Maclear's quirky, whimsical story - perfectly bought to life with the droll, witty illustrations of Jlia Sarda - is a humorous and poignant celebration of spontaneity.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The Liszt family loves making lists. Mrs. Liszt is compiling ghastly illnesses and the greatest soccer players of all time. The youngest son is writing down fun things to do. Then there is Edward, the middle child, keeping lists to quiet the swirl of his midnight mind. Everyone obsessively works on the lists each day, ignoring all else, including the unexpected visitor who doesn't have a place in any of their lists. But the visitor finds a friend in Edward, and together they wonder about things that don't fit in lists, like Where did infinity start and how will it end? Inspired by Edward's openmindedness, the Liszts start leaving empty spaces in their lists, just in case something unexpected comes along. The digitally rendered Goreyesque illustrations in saturated jewel tones feature clutters of items jostling around dour Liszts, while handwritten text adds a retro feel. The subtle message about creative thinking might go over the heads of young readers, but the offbeat, eye-catching illustrations will lure in many to this sophisticated, darkly humorous tale.--Whitehurst, Lucinda Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This gothic-flavored family tale from Maclear (The Good Little Book) puns on the name of the famous composer, but he appears only as a portrait over the household piano. Instead, the members of the Liszt family mostly keep to themselves, making lists of their interests. Mama, be-rouged, lists "ghastly illnesses" and soccer players; bespectacled Papa lists chores and insects; there's an older sister, younger brother, and grandfather, too, list-makers all. When a stranger enters the house, only middle child Edward will talk to him. "The door was open," the visitor explains. "I know," Edward replies. "I left the door open." Their growing companionship leads to games, inventions, and intriguing questions: "If my arms were stronger, could I pick myself up?" Sardà's (The Trouble with Twins) stylish spreads carry a whiff of Wes Anderson, with dark woodwork and dark humor, too, as in a spread of the family, fully clothed, sunbathing by their empty pool while Edward sits glumly on the diving board. The joy shared by Edward and the visitor lifts the story out of its velvet-draped languor. Ages 5-9. Author's agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lists -- Juvenile fiction.
Planning -- Juvenile fiction.
Lists -- Fiction.
Planning -- Fiction.
Publisher [Toronto, Ontario] :Tundra Books,2016
Contributors Sardà, Júlia, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Published simultaneously in the USA by Tundra Books of Northern New York"--Page facing title page.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781770494961
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