AVOCADO BABY by John Burningham

AVOCADO BABY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A scant 350 words tell matter-of-factly about the Hargraves baby, who is born into a very weak family but grows superstrong once its mother begins feeding it mashed avocado. One night it chases away a burglar. Next day Mr. Hargraves puts a BEWARE OF THE BABY sign on the gate. Soon the baby is moving furniture and pushing the car when it won't start. In the final three-spread sequence, two bullies hassle the older Hargraves children and the baby jumps out of its stroller and throws them into the pond. With mediocre illustrations such a conceit might be as weak as the Hargraves--but Burningham's cartoons, as expertly ingenuous as the words, bring out all the kinetic humor of the situation while maintaining the tone of the text.
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1982
ISBN: 0099200619
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1982




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