CECIL BUNIONS AND THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN by Betty Paraskevas

CECIL BUNIONS AND THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN

Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Paraskevases (Gracie Graves and the Kids from Room 402, 1995, etc.) take readers on another foray into bizzaroland. At midnight, a young boy stands on a station platform, far from the warm precincts of his bed. A train awaits him, but his fellow passengers are a very strange assortment--blockheads, devilish types, extraterrestrials, creatures right out of an intergalactic bistro. Above the din, ever so faintly, the boy hears the train's sinister warning: ``Never coming, never coming, never coming back.'' In the dining car, he runs across another humanoid, Cecil (``I know my onions'') Bunions, a private eye. Bunions, hearing the train's mad refrain, fashions an elegant escape for the boy. The narrator bumps into Bunions a couple of weeks later and is never sure whether he's had a dream or a magical mystery tour. This piece of artful entertainment has plenty going for it--a touch of the forbidden (the boy is led to the station by a stranger), hair-raising illustrations that are ghoulish and surreal, a tone long on irony. The rhyming is imperfect, but it may not matter: This is not a book to read at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-15-292884-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1996




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