Review by Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Rhapsodic is the word to describe this episodic novel of the summer of 1928, when 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding first realizes, with a visceral rush, that he is alive! The other discoveries he makes during that memorable season are the stuff of this series of semiautobiographical stories, all set in Greentown, Illinois, a surrogate for Bradbury's own hometown of Waukegan. For Doug and Bradbury summer is a time for rituals, for buying new sneakers, hanging the front-porch swing, picking wild fox grapes, mowing oceans of grass, making dandelion wine, and more. It's a time for savoring small pleasures but also for experiencing the pain of loss when a best friend moves away and a great-grandmother dies. And there's danger, too, symbolized by the deep, midnight-dark ravine that bisects Greentown, where a serial killer dubbed the Lonely One may lurk. All of this is lovingly evoked by Bradbury in one of his most deeply felt and beautifully written books. Dandelion Wine, a classic celebration of childhood and of a sweetly idealized America, remains as pleasurable to read now as when it was first published by Doubleday more than 50 years ago in 1957.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2008 Booklist
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Review by Library Journal Review
This 1957 gem is the latest in Avon's ongoing series of Bradbury reprints. This sweet little hardcover features the full text of the novelthe story of one magical summer in the life of 12-year-old Douglas Spauldingalong with an introduction by the author. Without flash or best-sellerdom, Bradbury has emerged as one of this country's great writers, and libraries lacking a quality hardcover of his beloved novel should jump on this. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A welcome re-issue of that old-young favorite of Douglas Spaulding's twelfth summer in Green Town, Illinois, with a new introduction -- a smaller nostalgia trip in itself -- by Mr. Bradbury on how he wrote this book eighteen years ago. As before, it will be read and read. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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