THE CHINESE BUG by Byrd Baylor Schweitzer


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Out of the hole that Joey is digging to China comes a bug--it must have been burrowing upward at the same time, it must be a Chinese bug. The concept is charming if anachronistic, the execution questionable--partly because Joey is not simply a dreamer but preeminently a city child in search of a patch of dirt (the cement syndrome), partly because the drawings don't show his hole getting sufficiently deeper each day. The silk-screened illustrations may impress adults but they're arbitrarily arty for children. On a guess, the kids who'll like it least are the down-to-earth dirtless, and the present generation may scoff at Joey's ingenuousness altogether.

Pub Date: May 23rd, 1968
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin