LUCY BROWN AND MR. GRIMES by Edward Ardizzone


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Mr. Ardizzone has revised and redrawn his 1937 story, we learn, ""for my granddaughter Joanna""; that it remains unabashedly sentimental, that Lucy's good fortune is inseparable from Mr. Grimes having a fortune, won't ruffle Joanna any more than it did her mother's generation (though it may discomfit them now). Orphan Lucy is alone except for her can't-be-bothered aunt; elderly, ugly Mr. Grimes is scorned by the children he'd befriend. They find each other in the Recreation Ground (fortunately he's an old family friend) and then it's daily walks and tea until Mr. Grimes is taken ill. ""Eminent physicians and lots of the nastiest and most expensive medicines"" are unavailing until Lucy restores his spirits; but he should live in the country and so shall Lucy, adopted with her aunt's consent (""P.S. I have left Lucy all my money in my will""). Cinderella chooses a new wardrobe for her new home, an estate with every accouterment including a pony. So good-natured and so amusingly accented that a raised eyebrow seems as graceless as a sneer -- and it does look properly oldfashioned.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1971
Publisher: Walck