GREEDY GREENY by Jack Gantos


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A holy terror of a guilt dream, as experienced by shaggy, comically fiendish Greeny Monster who has eaten all the food in the house and finished off with the watermelon his mother was saving for the next day's dessert. "He was then so full that he just barely made it through the door and to his bedroom," and in his dream he has grown so round that he rolls out of bed, down the street, and into a watermelon patch. Nobody hears his cries of distress as Greeny is loaded onto a truck with the watermelons, taken to a store, purchased there by his very own mother ("Since greedy Greeny ate our watermelon, I have to buy another"), and placed on a table surrounded by his hungry family. "Don't eat me! Don't eat mew Greeny shouts unheard, at the fitting climax to this close-to-home fantasy--and the shouts waken Greeny from his dream and rouse his mother, who calms and forgives him, Far-out fun with a firm base
Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1980
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1980


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