THE MAMMOTH, THE OWL, AND THE CRAB by Claudia Fregosi

THE MAMMOTH, THE OWL, AND THE CRAB

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Folk motifs and geometric patterning combine in Fregosi's flat red, yellow and brown designs depicting Loretta who doesn't want to get up and thus announces to her mother, her father and her brother respectively that she is a wooly mammoth frozen in ice, an owl who sleeps in the daytime, and a hibernating crab. Of course, Fregosi's domestic scenes do have a nice sharp simplicity to them and they are warmer than the world she made for Sun Grumble (KR, 1974), but the first half of this seems mostly an excuse for the artist to draw a lot of stylized animals, and when household noises do finally jar Loretta out of bed (""Sleeping season's over. Pass the butter please."") the conventionality of the story clashes with the pictures' zappy verve.

Pub Date: March 10th, 1975
Publisher: Macmillan