JACK THE TRIPPER by Gene Barretta


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Age Range: 6 - 11
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Devilish deeds at Benjamin Dizzie Elementary School. Young Polly terrifies her classmates and her teacher, Mrs. Fletcher, with the harrowing tale of being tripped by a mysterious figure in black top hat and long cape. The children are anxiously preparing for the Dizzie Day Parade, where “anything goes,” and fear any disruption of their preparations. But, one by one, the other children are also tripped, telling their tales of misfortune dramatically. The headmaster calls the police, who patrol the halls, and the school distributes wanted posters for “Jack the Tripper.” Just as tensions threaten to boil over, the story takes not one but two surprising turns, best left for readers to discover. Blue-toned watercolor images depict the dastardly doings of the Tripper, set against the full-color goings-on at school, varied perspectives and dramatic visual jokes lending fizz to both. Wall-to-wall drollery, both in Barretta’s illustrations and his text, which is sophisticated as well as accessible. Wodehouse with a dash of Gorey. (Picture book. 6-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-206132-6
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008


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