HUMBERT by John Burningham


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A four-by-four red and ruffled Lord Mayor riding on a stove in Mr. Firkin the junkman's wagon, drawn by the determined horse Humbert--when the coach and four broke down. Humbert insisted on volunteering. Burningham (like another Britisher we could mention) is so good he's sometimes too good--too much textured sky, too many scarlet-to-purple buildings looking like London on fire, too big a crowd of abase caricatures-- but when he concentrates on Humbert and the Lord Mayor, on Mr. Firkin enjoying his sandwich and his pint, he packs a very funny Punch. The plot, however, is just another poor-horse-makes-good.
Pub Date: May 31st, 1967
ISBN: 0099413221
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1967


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