The sympathetic sanity of Rambling Richard, a light hearted maker and peddler of stories and poems, effectively offsets the...

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The sympathetic sanity of Rambling Richard, a light hearted maker and peddler of stories and poems, effectively offsets the madness of the kingdom of Gib-Gib, where everything must be twice as much or twice as many as anywhere else in the world, and where men and donkeys labor daily to make the mountain twice as high as any other. When the king hears about the visiting writer he orders a story twice as long as any other, then throws Rambling Richard in jail for beginning it with once (instead of twice) upon a time. It is Richard's suggestion that consistency would demand two kings which brings the ruler to his senses and frees the writer for further wandering. Shapiro's fable is a pleasing blend of silliness and bite, and the mood is ably and unassumingly reflected in Adrienne Adams' warmly colored storybook-medieval illustrations.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1973

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Publisher: Scribners

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973