An inane pseudo-folk tale, based on the old threat to a kid who makes faces that some bogey figure (here a star-studded...

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NELSON MAKES A FACE

An inane pseudo-folk tale, based on the old threat to a kid who makes faces that some bogey figure (here a star-studded ""Mirror Lady"") will ""freeze"" his face in its grotesque position. The setting is synthetic once-upon-a-time, done up in gingerbread borders. The kid is dumb-looking Nelson, in a Bartholomew Cubbins hat, and the Mirror Lady lets him try out three different faces before picking a permanent one. But Nelson finds that looking unalterably happy gets him in trouble with a sick aunt, looking sad subjects him to a wizard's cheer-up tickles, and looking angry aggravates the Dragon of the Treetops--wherever he came from. lust as arbitrary as the complications is the Mirror Lady's response: as Nelson has learned his lesson, she won't freeze his face after all. In other words, forget it.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 1978

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1978