EMILY AND THE KLUNKY BABY AND THE NEXT-DOOR DOG by Joan M. Lexau

EMILY AND THE KLUNKY BABY AND THE NEXT-DOOR DOG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Since Daddy left home Mama is cross and busy, and one snowy day when she's especially cross and especially busy ""doing taxes,"" a resentful Emily, who has to mind the ""klunky baby,"" puts her charge on the sled and sets off mumbling for Daddy's house. (""Mama doesn't want us anymore."") The next-door dog leads Emily around three corners and she's feeling frightened and lost when she realizes that she's circled back to her own house, where Mama is waiting with the attention and assurance Emily has been missing all day. As usual the solution is less convincing than the problem but Martha Alexander's pictures provide warmth and recognition from the start, and even children with fathers at home can identify with Emily's uncertainties.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1972
Publisher: Dial