NICHOLAS KNOCK AND OTHER PEOPLE by Dennis Lee

NICHOLAS KNOCK AND OTHER PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This Canadian poet's latest hatch of nonsense rhymes bounces along less evenly than last year's Alligator Pie. The Milne-ish rhythms of the title poem and others, the outlandishness of scrubbing one's eyes with a toothbrush, and such pure silliness as ""The Poodle and the Grundiboob,"" recall the first collection; and their audience will easily go along with ""Attila the Hun/Is eating a bun/At the corner of Yonge and Bloor"" despite unfamiliarity with Attila and Toronto--but what will they make of ""1838,"" which begins the ""The Compact sat in parliament"" and ends ""Mackenzie, come again""? And though it probably isn't necessary to catch the allusion in ""There are wombats in the bureau of my uncle,"" there's no excuse for the subtitle ""Robert Service Meets Martin Heidegger"" to the rhyme about ""the Thing-Which-Is-Not."" Borderline--and the harsh illustrations don't place it anywhere.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin