MY COUSIN, THE POODLE by Jo Dereske

MY COUSIN, THE POODLE

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Dereske's third children's book is a determinedly wacky tale set in the 50's. Barbara and Tommy's parents, planning a second honeymoon, suddenly make arrangements for them to spend the weekend with Aunt Tofelia and Uncle Rupert, whom the children have never met--and with their excessively spoiled poodle, Terry Berry, who has her own pink bedroom and canopied bed. The weekend is crammed with unfamiliar food and unconventional adventures, including a disastrous afternoon at the races when Terry Berry eats a hot dog and requires emergency stomach pumping, and an evening at a nightclub where their uncle sings. It all climaxes when Terry Berry disappears and, despite their dubious feelings about her, the kids go to the rescue. Effective period detail and some interestingly off-center characters, but no one--except the dog--comes memorably to life. Mildly funny. (Fiction. 8-12)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-31732-8
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1991