ARTHUR THE KID; RAILROAD ARTHUR by Alan Coren

ARTHUR THE KID; RAILROAD ARTHUR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Coren does well by the Wild West spoof, tossing lots of trusty one-liners and ludicrous predicaments into the tale of how ten-year-old Arthur the Kid hooks up with Seminole Maurice, Murderous B. Sutcliffe, and skinny Fat Phil when the incompetent outlaw trio advertises for a tough gang boss. But Arthur doesn't want to break the law and neither do the others, really, so everyone is glad when their planned robbery of a Wells Fargo station becomes the unplanned rescue of a child hostage and the capture of a real robber gang. The second story, with fewer laughs but just as much cockeyed action, has Arthur, arrested for train robbery, break jail and capture the real culprits by hiding in a mailbag and trusting to a happy combination of far-fetched shrewd thinking and plain dumb luck. Brisk.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1978
Publisher: Little, Brown