A DAY WITH WHISKER WICKLES by Cynthia Jameson

A DAY WITH WHISKER WICKLES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jameson projects a jaded view of parents in her parade of animals taking their children to Mrs. Crow's nursery. Mr. Hedgehog doesn't know his son Harry from Larry, Mr. Elephant never hears what anyone says because he's always behind his newspaper, Mrs. Giraffe, distracted by her lists, mumbles about asking the cobbler to sew up the carrots, nearsighted Mrs. Bear talks to a tree, and so it goes. The sitter fares no better, and in fact Jameson bursts into verse to describe the blunders of fat Whisker Wickles, Mrs. Crow's assistant who is taking charge of the nursery today. (""He's bandaged the baby bottle instead of Piglet's tail./ He stamped Pee Wee Possum's shirt and put it in the mail. . . ""). Confusion escalates when the children swap clothing and the parents don't recognize their own offspring after they come to pick them up; what's more we have to look in on all the problems the mismatched families have back home before they all reconverge on the nursery where the children themselves competently sort things out. Remembering the success of The Stupids Step Out (Harry Allard, KR, 1974), we can only hope that kids fred this obvious poke at grownups less tiresome than we do.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan