Though the workings of her ""subconscience"" are enough to turn Mrs. Toozy's neighbors into ""nervous wretches,"" her...

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Though the workings of her ""subconscience"" are enough to turn Mrs. Toozy's neighbors into ""nervous wretches,"" her malapropian misadventures don't strike us as all that hilarious. Some disasters are just too easy to anticipate--wouldn't you know that the glider she builds to revenge her rejection by Admiral Byrd is too big to get out the garage door? Similarly, her run-ins with the ""weegee"" board and driving lessons peter out into anticlimax and even her best moments--raffling off a castoff hat that supposedly belonged to Gloria Swanson and enlivening the church Christmas pageant by pulling rabbits out of a hat--are purely one-shot gags. Easygoing readers might be inclined to entertain Mrs. Toozy's eccentricities, but this widow's cockeyed assaults on the state of dreary poverty might actually be funnier if they weren't so insistently farcical.

Pub Date: April 1, 1975

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1975