BONZO BEAVER by Arthur Crowley


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In the same rhyme form and pop cartoon style as The Boogey Man (1978), Crowley and Gusman tell the straighter, slighter story of Bonzo Beaver, who is out for a walk with his older brother Boo. Boo lords it over little Bonzo, until Bonzo makes friends with a crabby old lady, and later saves himself and his brother from her stick (or so Boo believes) by suggesting, when she comes at them for trespassing on her lawn, that she hire them to clean it up instead. Crowley still handles his almost singsong rhyme jauntily, but the story itself lacks the turnabout wit of The Boogey Man; and Gusman's line-sparing closeups of the round-faced beaver brothers are so flat and plain they're monotonous.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1980
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin