TALES OF MR. PENGACHOOSA by Caroline Rush

TALES OF MR. PENGACHOOSA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Pengachoosa is the hamster subject of eight wispy stories with which his grandson Hammy entertains a little girl who is recovering from rheumatic fever and thus confined indoors. Because of her quiet nature the little girl has a ""gift"" for understanding hamster talk, and as child and pet browse through the attic various dusty objects move Hammy to speech: a stuffed fish purportedly caught by Mr. P. prompts an account of how the older hamster saved a mermaid by removing an enchanted necklace that had bound her to the fish...a kite reminds him of the time Mr. P. was blown into the nest of the invisible wind birds and had to slide down the string to get home... a button is associated with an adventure in which Mr. P. found himself bicycling uphill with a nasty giant as passenger...But as Hammy puts it, ""you have to be a very still sort of person"" to attend to his tiny, ephemeral voice -- and even if you are you'll be let down each time when it becomes clear that despite the hushed tone and quiet black and white pictures that signal sensitivity, he really hasn't anything to say.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1973
Publisher: Crown