THE HOPEFUL TROUT by John Ciardi
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THE HOPEFUL TROUT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The limerick is a perennially popular form of comic verse; Ciardi, who died in 1986, was among the most deft of American versifiers for children, and these 39 new limericks are sure to fulfill high expectations. From the table of contents that places the offerings in five inviting groups (""Sometimes Even Parents Win""; ""He Was Brace, But Not for Long""), one page after another prompts a chuckle and begs to be shared. Funny characters, tongue-twisting sequences, deliciously gruesome thoughts (including the title poem), titles that add dividends of humor, and twists of wit characteristic of the form combine to make this an outstanding collection. Meddaugh's cartoon-style drawings appropriately extend the humor.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1989
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin