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THE POOF POINT by Ellen Weiss


by Ellen Weiss & Mel Friedman

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-679-83257-2
Publisher: Knopf

 Marie and Eddie Bicker--who, in The Tiny Parents (1989), rescued their scientist parents after one experiment misfired- -cope with the results of another fiasco in their basement laboratory: though the senior Bickers still have adult bodies, their psyches regress, leaving the kids to deal with progressively helpless (and embarrassing) children in grownup guise. It's a promising idea but, here, clumsily developed. A series of further transformations after the older Bickers make it through the ``poof point'' (when their lives began) without vanishing altogether, and acquire the personas of earlier lives, is overextended; a subplot about an irascible neighbor is largely extraneous; and, worst, the kids are able to save the situation only because a mysterious adult, who by some unexplained power always knows what's happening and telephones in every crisis, tells them exactly what to do. Even the parents' childish squabbling--they live up to their name even in their normal state--is only mildly amusing. Over-contrived and under-funny. (Fiction. 8-11)