HELP! LET ME OUT! by David Lord Potter


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An amusing bit of drollery, with a pop flavor, about Hugo who sends off for a voice-throwing book and then throws his voice into a trunk. ""Help! Let me out!"" says his voice, but when Hugo opens the truck his voice is gone. ""'Uh-oh,' Hugo would have said."" And though he searches the house for it--""No voice."" His parents fret and professionals advise: the lawyer says to sue; the doctor suggests that Hugo's voice has slipped to his feet, and recommends hanging him upside down so it will slip back. Instead Hugo's parents take him to the Continent for a cure. His voice has some fun throwing itself here and there, but finally decides to return to Hugo--and does so via a telegram received at the Grand Hotel de Paris. There's a deliberate throw-away air to the story and pictures, but nothing listless about either. Macaulay's scratchy, crudely colored, unprepossessing pictures make obvious use of diagonals, odd perspectives, and comic-book cartooning tricks to give the action some spoofy punch.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1982
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin