HERBIE CAPLEENIES by Joseph B. Bopp

HERBIE CAPLEENIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Herbie Capleenies is a spacy little boy who lives on Upside Down Street. He gives his mother an allowance, takes her shopping when she's good, and hires a baby sitter when he goes out on the town. (As pictured, Mom and the male sitter are real tight.) Herbie enjoys the elderly hipster guests who bippity-bop around the house, but machine-guns the boring ones who sit on the sofa and drink tea. (This is supposed to be cute.) He eats horseradish pie, makes sexy snow ladies in winter, and comments on his school reader (""Look, look, look. See the book"") that ""I can't wait to see how it comes out."" It's a line the author should have resisted, as this has even less story--and where the primer is babyish and bland, Herbie Capleenies is immature and distasteful. Myers' kooky/ slick, media-minded drawings only amplify the pointless vulgarity.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1978
Publisher: Addison-Wesley