MALACHI MUDGE by Edward Cecil


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Malachi Mudge is a marvelous name for a disconsolate mole and Peter Parnall is just the one to set him to puttering and muttering in his tree-root cavern. But even the advent of surly Cecil the beetle, while reinforcing the pictorial echoes of Knee-deep in Thunder, does not cancel out the fluttery sentimentality of the sky blue bird who lets himself be captured because he senses Malachi's loneliness, promises after his release to bring a replacement, then produces an injured beetle (Cecil) who needs Malachi as much as Malachi needs him. There's a more practical problem too: this small slim volume is neither picture book nor novel. Great drawings, though--it's a pity that wise bird doesn't know enough to shut up.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1968
Publisher: McGraw-Hill