ANDY AND MR. CUNNINGHAM by Jane Thayer

ANDY AND MR. CUNNINGHAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two books don't make a trend but fanciful kids do seem to be faring better: like Harvey who handles his transparent fish with finesse (p. 93, J-29). Andy upholds alter ego Mr. Cunningham, and none of his mother's tactics succeed in banishing the little man or even forcing Andy to admit that he's imaginary. The book is, in effect, a battle of wits between the two (at one point Andy, stalling, knows that he will ""have to have a plan"" by the time he reaches the school door, and he does). The conclusion, particularly, is not foregone: Andy, as Mr. Cunningham, says that Andy will return in time for a birthday party, then dashes his mother's hopes by announcing that he'll stay for only four hours. Child psychology indeed.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1969
Publisher: Morrow