Messenger, Messenger by Robert Burleigh

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Messenger, messenger,
keepin' the groove,
Always, always, on the move.

Morning's come around again, and Calvin Curbhopper, the messenger man, is on the go, zipping around from spot to spot, taking shortcuts through parking lots, steering through the midday blare of honking horns, his breath like a smokestack in the frosty air. Wind, snow, rain, sun, can't keep Calvin from making his run. And Robert Burleigh's rhythmic language keeps the groove right alongside him, further enlivened by Barry Root's energetic illustrations.

 

About Robert Burleigh

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Robert Burleigh is the author of several children's books, including A Man Named Thoreau and Block Whiteness: Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic, both published by Atheneum. Formerly a producer of audiovisual educational materials, Mr. Burleigh now works full-time as a writer and artist. He is also an avid cyclist -- though only for fun! His knowledge about the worklife of bike messengers comes from a close friend who spent many years braving the traffic and the changing weather in downtown Chicago. The material and vision in Messenger, Messenger is thus derived from many hours of interviews and conversations with a person well aware of that very special world.
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Atheneum. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books.

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In propulsive rhymed couplets, Burleigh (Hercules, 1999, etc.) tells a day in the life of a bicycle messenger in a city inspired by Chicago.

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Burleigh (Flight: The Story of Charles Lindbergh) hits the road with this lively look at a busy day in the life of a big-city bicycle messenger. Just after sunup, Calvin Curbhopper leaves his studio a

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Just after sunup, Calvin Curbhopper leaves his studio apartment with his yellow bike hoisted onto his shoulder (""Sun, wind, rain, snow,/ Messenger, messenger, gotta go"").

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