THE GROOBER by Betsy Byars
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The groober lay in his pleasant hole (humorous black line on white) enjoying the morning sun, the afternoon breezes, the nighttime stars, until...he saw the fine and splendid holes of the neighboring groobers. Home again, "he had never heard of a flat hole, but it seemed to him that was the kind of hole he had." The groober digs his hole deeper and deeper, the others creep up to watch, but the deeper it gets the less it suits. Semused expression--the hole is MAGNIFICENT--but no sun, no breeze, no stars. Quickly he fills it in until he has his flat hole back. Broad smile; satisfied smile: "never had his hole felt more comfortable." "The grass is always greener, be yourself"--a moral implied with subtlety and good humor; the Thurberesque Groober with his off-beat shape; a text that is simple, rhythmic, funny.
Pub Date: March 29th, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1967


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