Title: On My WayOn My Way
Author: Tomie DePaola
Pages: 75
Reading Level: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★

Remember 26 Fairmount Avenue? Sequel!

The Story.

This year I was going to start school. I was going to learn how to read and write. I was going to become smarter. And I wanted desperately to be in Miss Kiniry’s class.

But I wouldn’t find out whose class I would be in until summer was over. So long to wait! At least the time was filled in with tap dancing lessons, a trip to the World Fair, my baby sister’s illness, and learning new games from my mother…

Discussion.

I actually liked On My Way much better than 26 Fairmount Avenue, which is a surprise, because I usually find sequels disappointing. Maybe it was because an entire chapter wasn’t dedicated to a Disney cartoon!

There were still lots of cultural references – to Orphan Annie, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers – but I found these to be fun and classy.

Tomie tells a lie to his friends, but once he sees that his mother was listening, pretends it was a joke. He also steals a book from the library, but his mother finds out immediately and makes him bring it back. He confesses, cries, and apologizes – his teacher treats him very gently.

Tomie writes of a birthday party where he dressed up as a bride and a little girl dressed as the groom. In the same chapter is a picture of a little boy dressed as a skeleton; all we can see is his face, and it is not at all gruesome by today’s standard. It looks more like a scarecrow.

Tomie says that “every once in a while my dad used some bad words.” No ‘bad words’ are actually included.

While at the Fair, the DePaolas attend a magic show. No tricks are performed, but the man does accurately describe Mrs. DePaola’s necklace without having seen it.

Uncle Charles’ girlfriend, Viva is mentioned several times.

Conclusion. Fairly sweet; a fun continuation of the DePaola family stories.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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