Book Reviews of The Pushcart War

The Pushcart War
The Pushcart War
Author: Jean Merrill
ISBN-13: 9780440471479
ISBN-10: 0440471478
Publication Date: 6/1/1987
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
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This book is amazing. It's a tale about bullies and not lying down and taking it. It's about trucks and push carts. It's about unions and negotiations. The push carts are blamed for the bad traffic in the city, but how can it be the push carts' fault when the number of trucks on the streets increases every year?! Things come to a head when a truck runs over a push cart, destroying it and nearly maiming the owner. The push cart owners decide to fight back, and the public gets behind them.

It's not just for kids. Jean Merrill wrote a book that kids can understand, but adults will appreciate the struggle of the push carts, and yes, the trucks as well.
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A hilariously funny story - with a relevant moral. No wonder its considered a classic.
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Excellent book that illustrates the principles behind the causes of conflicts/wars between groups of people through an interesting story.
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This was an ok book. Worth reading once but not crazy great. A story about old-fashioned push carts and pushy truck drivers with a few crooked folks mixed in. Some funny parts, some rooting for the underdog. Reading you felt if you were in old time NYC. The way the community came to rally for the push carts shows that people DO have a voice.
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. If you can find it on tape or CD, it's even better. Well worth reading, even if you're grown up.
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First published (if I can read Roman Numerals correctly) in 1966. I read it soon after it came out, I thought of it as my introduction to adult realism, they all act like this, right?
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"The Pushcart War" is a humorous children's novel about how the self-employed pushcart vendors in New York City united to overcome Big Business's enormous trucks that were destroying their curbside pushcarts - using peashooters with thumb-tacked peas to attack the truck tires. I enjoyed it tremendously and passed it on to my grandchildren, so they could enjoy it also.