IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE A WOLF AROUND THE HOUSE by Harry Allard

IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE A WOLF AROUND THE HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Even the wicked wolf proves redeemable amidst the general trust and harmonious vibes that bless Allard's goofy menage. You'll expect the worst when an old man and his old pets (dog Peppy, cat Ginger, and fish Lightning) get so tired and feeble that they advertise for a ""charming companion"" to take care of them. Answering the ad, and their dreams, is Cuthbert Q. Devine, who looks like a wolf, claims to be a German shepherd, proves a marvelous housekeeper, but is revealed at last as a fugitive wanted for bank robbery. Cuthbert faints away when the news gets out, but the others rally round, and the judge, considering his superior service, gives him another chance. It's all he needs, and ""as a matter of fact, all five of them are still living in Arizona to this day,"" as the climate is good for Cuthbert's health. Marshall too is in good form: to know Cuthbert is to recognize his good nature, but your reaction to his first appearance will only confirm his assertion that ""I never had a chance. Everyone expected me to be bad because I'm a wolf."" It's so nice--some of that good feeling is bound to rub off.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday