GENIE WITH THE LIGHT BLUE HAIR by Ellen Conford

GENIE WITH THE LIGHT BLUE HAIR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ever-reliable Conford turns in another funny yet thoughtful story, this time concerning the dangers of making wishes--especially when they come true. Jeannie Warren is hardly thrilled with her aunt and uncle's 15th birthday present--a lamp that looks like a teapot with a candle stuck in it. Nor is she delighted when she lights the candle and a genie ("Arthur"), who looks like Groucho Marx, appears. Arthur is cheerfully willing to grant wishes, but the results tend to be catastrophic, since Jeannie omits important points from her requests--like asking to have her homework done without specifying accuracy. After a series of comic, sometimes suspenseful adventures, it turns out that the lamp has been given to the wrong Jeannie: her aunt was the intended recipient. Though this begins as a familiar plot, Conford gives it a slick twist, and Arthur is a particularly amusing creation, granting wishes by saying "Okey dokey." Not one of Conford's best but good of its kind, with something to say about the tree value of wishes.

ISBN: 553-05806-1
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Bantam
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