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BRIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY EVENING by Audrey Wood

BRIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY EVENING

By Audrey Wood (Author) , Don Wood (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-15-200363-0
Publisher: Harcourt

 The Woods (The Tickleoctopus, 1994, etc.) are at it again with their zany humor that will tickle some and offend others. ``Although I'm a liar my story is true--There's an end in every beginning. So if you believe a word that I've said, Begin again, please, at the ending.'' The strong rhyming text tells how the protagonist, an adult woman, wakes up to find herself dead, dresses for her funeral, which turns into a wedding with an Idaho potato, which she eats. Then things get really bizarre. The digitally manipulated illustrations are appropriately surrealistic, combining photorealism and cartoons in configurations as startling as the dream they present. The title page says this was ``dreamed by'' Audrey and ``imagined by'' Don. Readers will have to decide for themselves, but as for this review, `` `I didn't do it!' I laughed in remorse. `And I'll never do it again.' '' (Picture book. 6+)