THE KIDNAPPING OF THE COFFEE POT by Kaye Saari

THE KIDNAPPING OF THE COFFEE POT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The kidnapping of the coffee pot is perpetrated by the junkman at the city dump, much to the distress of the victim's friends (a lawn mower, a kerosene lamp and a pair of old shoes), who immediately set out in pursuit. When they recover their companion even the junkman, whom they have knocked flat during the rescue, is invited to share in the celebration, and he enjoys the party so much that he decides to stay on with them. Making the characters worn out commodities instead of creatures adds perhaps a shred of novelty but not much else to the flimsy, archly recounted story, but Henri Galeron's routinely surrealistic pictures--which put faces on the old shoes' tongues and long arms and hands on the coffee pot, lawn mower and lamp, and set objects about on vast stretches of silent landscapes--make even the jolly camaraderie look slick and frigid.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1975
Publisher: Harlin Quist--dist. by Dial/Delacorte