The notion of a child suddenly turned into a grown-up is usually good for a laugh or two, and Heft starts his easy cartoon...

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KIP VAN WRINKLE

The notion of a child suddenly turned into a grown-up is usually good for a laugh or two, and Heft starts his easy cartoon version off neatly when Kip literally ""turns"" himself twenty years ahead. Told to set the clock hands an hour ahead for daylight savings, he just keeps ""turning and turning"" so he'll have that much more time to play outdoors. From then on though Heft makes the obvious least of Kip's predicament. Neither his parents nor the kids on the street recognize the strange tall man with the long beard, and though at first he enjoys crossing the street without help and being able to earn some money, he concludes that ""It's not much fun being a grown-up"" when he's thrown off the bus for want of adult fare and when the boss at the factory makes him work till he aches even though Kip explains that ""I'm really just a little child. I'm supposed to be outside playing in the sun."" Though Hoff's familiar if not banal style doesn't rate a second look it could make this an unintimidating time passer for new readers, and though the initial situation does wind down, Kip's sudden spurt will get them started.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974