GORDO by Gus Arriola

GORDO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sleepy and wonderful Mexican village of Del Monte and its lovable though somewhat sleepy inhabitants. Humor and good taste raise this comic-strip tale above the ordinary run. Fat Uncle Gordo who can resist the slim, exciting senoritas even less than he can delicious Mexican food, and his nephew little Pepito who tries to hold Uncle Gordo to the straight and narrow until his new school-teacher, lovely Senorita Ruiz, captures both their hearts along with those of Pepito's dog, rooster, pig and pet toad. She makes Pepito change his mind about ""goris"", but unfortunately she is already engaged to Riki--handsome University of Mexico student. Then, to wind up the book, there is the tale of the Michigan Meteor, a rare flivver of 1912 vintage for which a millionaire tourist and collector from Chicago offers money--much money. But the Del Montians like the cool, comfortable shade its chassis affords for their favorite siesta-spot. Finally, though, they are induced to part with it for $1,000,000. Charming cartoons, backgrounded by appropriate and effective shadow drawings make an attractive book.

Pub Date: July 20th, 1950
Publisher: Doubleday