...I'll give you a nickel and dance you a jig."" That's the first poem. 20 poems later and we'd be willing to reverse the...

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SWEET AS A PICKLE AND CLEAN AS A PIG

...I'll give you a nickel and dance you a jig."" That's the first poem. 20 poems later and we'd be willing to reverse the offer if Miss McCullers would go back to the adult department where her novels are both distinguished and successful. When she wonders who put the D in Wednesday, she does well and cleverly. But, there are too many poems like Pandora's Box -- ""There was a little girl called Pandora/Who opened a magic box. /The magic box was a tragic box, /So look what happened to poor Pandora."" That's the whole poem and you can lie awake over the whole point. Some verses ask questions in an attempt at the child voice or attitude; the result is a falsetto self-consciousness. The illustrations reflect the assumed naivete of the poems.

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1964