A PERFECT NOSE FOR RALPH by Jane Breskin Zalben

A PERFECT NOSE FOR RALPH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Reggie's toy panda Ralph has lost his nose, and Reggie decides to give him a new one. But none of the objects he finds or considers is right--a big brown button has four holes whereas Ralph needs only two, a cotton ball reminds him of the (woman) doctor's office, and so on--so Reggie draws a good nose on Ralph, then embroiders on it with a big needle and a ""coffee colored"" thread. And then what, Zalben's audience might ask--but Reggie's search and non-sexist solution are all there is to the story, and Wallner's small, chilly pictures (the book measures a square 6fl) don't fill it out. Even if a child of the panda and picture-book age could wield an embroidery needle, he (or she) wouldn't find much inspiration here.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1981
Publisher: Philomel