I wish I lived on Neighborhood Street! Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield

Night on Neighborhood Street  by Eloise Greenfield

Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield

Night on Neighborhood Street by Eloise Greenfield. Dial, 1991.

The illustrations feel sort of 1970s (which is odd given the pub date); makes it seem dated. The poems, however, give snapshots into life, like the “Little Boy Blues” which is a play on the musical blues and the Mother Goose rhyme. It’s tender and lovely with strong rhythm. “The Seller” and various other poems make me wonder if this book is for children or adults, though. There’s a sophistication that might be over the picture-book-reader’s head.