WISE DOG by Josephine Wright


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Mitty and Matty were two little kittens who wanted to grow to be a tiger and an elephant in the circus. A monkey, who wanted to be a circus owner, convinced them that they were already what they dreamed to be and the kittens found themselves caged in front of a disbelieving animal audience, until Wise Dog convinced them to act like ittens. The text is a jarring mixture of coy designations and tiresome repetition and a strained example of the simple ""be yourself"" moral. The sketchy illustrations are very poorly drawn, with clumsy, disproportionate animals illogically colored (an overworked curquoise is used for the monkey, elephant, fox and rabbit). A book that can only discourage reading.

Pub Date: April 29th, 1966
Publisher: Dutton