This is a wonderful book about all the different types of people living together in an apartment building. Some of us look up at those craggy, mysterious apartment buildings found in big cities like New York and wonder what goes on inside. The Doorman’s Repose collects ten stories about 777 Garden Avenue, one of the craggiest. The first story recounts the travails of the new doorman, who excels at all his tasks except perhaps the most important one—talking baseball. Others tell of a long-forgotten room, a cupid-like elevator, and the unlikely romance of a cerebral psychologist and a jazz musician, both of whom are mice. Because the animals talk and the machinery has feelings, these are children’s stories. Otherwise they are for anyone intrigued by what happens when many people, strangers or kin, live together under one roof.
- Author and Illustrator: Chris Raschka
- Publisher: New York Review of Books
- Hardcover, 169 pages
- Recommended for ages 10-14