Minding the Store: A Big Story about a Small Business

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In New York City, there exists an iconic crockery shop familiar to the area residents, weirdly named FISHS EDDY and famed for its hospitable atmosphere along with its somewhat offbeat manner. This venture, which started as a small business in the ’80s has a history, and its intimate story is graphically related by members of the family. Narrated by Julie Gaines and visually illustrated by her son Ben Lenovitz, together they record the ventures and gambles undertaken in establishing this now thriving business.

The store started as a small family outlet using relatives as its clerks, and we watch as with time it expands in size and location, meeting both failures and successes. The reader meets the quirky staff, the impish children, the managerial messes, and the familial challenges. The text supplies the background details while the graphic accompaniment provides the scenic drama. The reader becomes drawn into this family scenario while watching both the business and its members adapt to meet the demands of changing times. Readers will appreciate and applaud a contemporary business that reflects the warmth, humor, and sympathy of the good-natured family at its heart.


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Author Julie Gaines • Ben Lenovitz, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Algonquin Books
Publish Date 2018-10-30
ISBN 9781616206628
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Issue April 2019
Category Sequential Art
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