A successor, of course, to Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970). And again the ludicrous situations--""it...

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ANIMALS SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT ACT LIKE PEOPLE

A successor, of course, to Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970). And again the ludicrous situations--""it would be preposterous for a panda"" to take a toy panda to bed, ""a worm would be worn out"" trying to lift a barbell--will elicit quick laughs from kids. But, as those two examples indicate, there's no consistent basis for the silliness here: sometimes it comes from a turnabout (""it would be foolish for a fish to fish""), sometimes it comes from sheer outlandishness (""a hippopotamus would have to have a heap of help"" to get into a bathtub); sometimes, too, the message is spelled out, sometimes--to best effect, probably, in a group--kids are left to figure it out from the pictures (""it would not pay for a pigeon,"" for instance, to take a plane). But the look is bright and crisp and broadly humorous, and the final turnabout--animals shouldn't put people in cages and gawk at them ""because we wouldn't like it""--brings the assorted goings-on to a single, chorus-line conclusion.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 1980

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Atheneum

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1980