DUMB JUAN AND THE BANDITS by Anita Brenner

DUMB JUAN AND THE BANDITS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a retelling of a Mexican folk tale which seemed far too grisly for juvenile consumption to this reviewer. Dumb Juan, the slow member of his family, was told to heat water for a bath for his sick mother. But he made the water boiling, and immersed her. (""He put his mother in and was very pleased"".) Illustrations spare no detail of this folk-tale Inferno. His angry brothers take him into the forest to lose him, when bandits appear. Dumb Juan drops a door he has carried on the bandits from a tree. Thereupon they flea and Juan takes the bag of gold they left behind as well as a horse.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1957
Publisher: Scott