MOE Q. MCGLUTCH, HE SMOKED TOO MUCH by Ellen Raskin

MOE Q. MCGLUTCH, HE SMOKED TOO MUCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Instead of dressing up an anti-smoking message in comic clothing, Ellen Raskin outdoes the Victorian spoof, using Moe's dangerous habit as an occasion for pure farce -- and for parading her stylishly flamboyant menagerie. There are the vibrantly striped and colorfully attired zebra family Zack, Zelda Mae and Little Zeke, there is their rich cousin Moe Q. McGlutch, a donkey whom they visit in his domed and minareted orange-red palace, there are elephant fire fighters (required by Moe's frequent smoking accidents), an elegant ram serving ice cream, a billowing fish monster and -- in the same shades of green -- a dragon, attracted by Moe's smoke rings, who eventually carries the donkey off. Thus Little Zeke, who has been telling his cousin all along that he smokes too much, is proven correct -- and for his wisdom inherits all of Moe's wealth. It's fun to read the pictures for details the words don't tell, but it's sometimes hard to see the smoke signals for all of Raskin's brilliant visual patterns.
Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1973
ISBN: 081930686X
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Parents Magazine Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1973




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