"GREGORY, MAW, AND THE MEAN ONE" by David Gifaldi

"GREGORY, MAW, AND THE MEAN ONE"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Norbert Meaney earns his moniker by throwing horses through windows and terrorizing children--because, he boasts, he has no heart. To save theft lives and town, young Gregory and Maw (a fiery-tempered crow who has raised the lad) propose taking The Mean One back in time to find his missing organ. The humor here is in contrasting Gregory--likable, gentle, enjoying a close relationship with his feathered parent--and the rank, bellowing, hairy giant. But that's not enough to carry a story of this length, and Meaney never seems all that nasty anyway, in the end, heart recovered (he lost it at 13 to a pretty classmate), he charges off to bathe and right all the wrongs he's committed. An aimless and loose-jointed yarn, but mildly funny.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1992
ISBN: 0595145043
Page count: 136pp
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin