THE SUPREME SOUVENIR FACTORY by James Stevenson

THE SUPREME SOUVENIR FACTORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Essaying a longer story, the prolific picture-book author/cartoonist has written a ""chapter book"" with a predictable plot but comically unpredictable characters and details. Chester (a dog) is wandering about in a snowstorm, hoping to find a job, when he falls off a cliff onto an ice floe that carries him over a falls whence he is catapulted into a pine-pillow factory. There, he sweeps floors, until the wicked Sashwayte (a weasel), in the owner's absence, fires everyone, introduces ""crabots"" (crab-shaped robots), and starts making ""Pine-A-Roma"" spray cans instead of pillows filled with real pine needles. Needless to say, Sashwayte gets his comeuppance and Chester becomes manager of a restored factory. The text is simple and full of humorous twists; Wendy, a bat, is a delightful character who makes no apologies for the necessities of being nocturnal and therefore different; and Stevenson's inimitable illustrations, this time in monochrome, balance the text nicely.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1988
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Greenwillow