Brother Morton's wistful musing about floating high like the hawks is all it takes to set Warton Toad busy constructing a...

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WARTON AND THE KING OF THE SKIES

Brother Morton's wistful musing about floating high like the hawks is all it takes to set Warton Toad busy constructing a sort of air balloon from snakeskin tubes with a washbucket carriage. And after the inevitable accident sets them adrift, the two crash-land far from home and end up prisoners of a band of slovenly, squabbling weasels who want Warton to help them build a house. As the alternative is toad stew for the weasels, Warton tries, but he can't get his contentious captors to work together. And though he has a bit more success teaching them to play games together, it's a villain ex machina--in the form of a hawk who swoops down and matches up Freda Weasel--that allows Warton to play the hero and wins the two toads a reluctant escort home. Falling somewhere between the cozy attractions of A Toad for Tuesday and the sticky spirit of Warton's Christmas Eve Adventure, this relies on the disagreeable behavior of the nasty weasels to give the story a sort of mild shiver value.

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 1978

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978