The author's hallmarks are simplicity and a perfect sense of comic timing in telling her stories for the youngest listeners....

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MRS. McGARRITY'S PEPPERMINT SWEATER

The author's hallmarks are simplicity and a perfect sense of comic timing in telling her stories for the youngest listeners. However, this time, the sort of repetition that was just right for The Rain Puddle (1965, p. 745 - J247) becomes monotonous and the invention that characterized Sir Kevin of Devon is contrivance. Mrs. McG. set out to make a sweater for her little white cat, but she rocked and knitted ceaselessly while watching the world from her window. The sweater was soon too big for her dog, finally too big for the elephant in a passing circus, but just right for the circus tent. Abner Graboff's collage illustrations make use of cotton balls, yarn and torn paper. His ink cartoons seem like an obtrusive element with this technique. The simplicity of the illustrations borders on crudity and the alternately gray and mustard backgrounds chosen for most of the photographs are drab to the point where even the use of bright color fails to supply enough relief to the eye.

Pub Date: March 1, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966