A mongoose-snake friendship is unlikely enough to rate attention, and the Aruegos make it seem both fresh and natural. From...

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MARIE LOUISE & CHRISTOPHE

A mongoose-snake friendship is unlikely enough to rate attention, and the Aruegos make it seem both fresh and natural. From the start Christophe, the snake, is less than true, often tricking Marie Louise in their games, and when she is sent by her mother to swipe some brown sugar from the mill, he secretly nibbles a hole in the sack and licks up all the sugar. As a result Marie Louise declares Christophe her enemy, he sticks out his forked tongue at her, and both separately visit the witch toad (colored yellow with green stars) for charms to use in the expected fight. Not until they are captured (a result of Christophe tricking Marie Louise into a trap) by a man who assembles a paying audience to watch them fight is the friendship restored; you'll like their escape if only because they make such a handsome pair.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribners

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974