TAKE TARTS AS TARTS IS PASSING by Eleanor Clymer

TAKE TARTS AS TARTS IS PASSING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Obadiah's ability to follow Aunt Hattie's advice and ""take tarts as tarts is passing,"" thus making his fortune as a free-spirited house painter and minstrel while his uptight brother Jeremiah gets nowhere, counts him among the luckier Lazies of the folklore world. But Obadiah's good fortune and the phrasing of the moral are the only surviving folklore elements in an otherwise textureless story. Kids may enjoy the humor -- the appearance of a wife Emmeline and baby ""Little Lizzie"" and Jeremiah's disgust at the end when he is offered a real tart, but its offhandedness, like the increasingly perfunctory dialogue, is evidence that Clymer is rather impatient and uncomfortable with the genre. Roy Doty's breezy cartoons strike us as similarly antiseptic, though energetic in their attempt to bridge the gap between nowhere and fairyland.

Pub Date: March 4th, 1974
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton