MORRIS HAS A BIRTHDAY PARTY! by Bernard Wiseman

MORRIS HAS A BIRTHDAY PARTY!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Once, Morris the Moose was just-plain-dumb, his friend Boris the Bear was his wisedup opposite, and their contretemps were all in good fun. Now, Morris is more the oaf than the clown; Boris is a roaring bully; and their exchanges (pictorially and verbally) are hostile, nasty face-clowns. Also, as has happened before of late, Morris is so meaninglessly dumb--and the plot is so rickety--that the proceedings aren't very funny. First, Morris replies to Boris' ""I saw a BIG birthday cake,"" by asking ""Did it SCARE you?"" (Then he'll say, for no more evident reason, ""Don't they bite?"") Subsequently, a passing boy and girl hear Morris--seeing the real thing--say ""I WANT A BIRTHDAY CAKE,"" and proceed to organize a party. . . at which Morris gets off some of his standard laugh-lines (""A girl named Sally said, 'Here is a Hula-Hoop. Happy birthday!' Morris says, 'You mean HOOPY birthday'"") and Morris and Boris square off some more. Whatever point there once was to this burlesque has long since faded away.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1983
Publisher: Little, Brown