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TANGLE TOWN by Kurt Cyrus


by Kurt Cyrus & illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 15th, 1997
ISBN: 0-374-37384-1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 The glass door says ``pull,'' but the mayor is pushing, and he's getting blisters. This he tells to a passing policeman who offers help: ``Blisters . . . plenty of them.'' But the cop hears wrong, and he shouts, ``We need blasters! Twenty of them,'' to the gathering crowd. The crowd hears ``disaster,'' and mass panic ensues. So it goes in Tangle Town. Into the hubbub strolls Roxy Toppler, a farm girl looking for her wayward cow. ``What's going on?'' she asks, and the answers come fast. `` `The mayor!'--`The mayor got blistered!'--`Plastered!'--`Blasted to bits by twenty twisters!'--`Big, big disaster!' '' Swinging into action, Roxy deploys her ``barnyard instincts'' to herd the crazed mob, attain a semblance of order (defined in Tangle Town as anything other than total chaos), and find her cow. Cyrus's first book creates good slaphappy wordplay--the text can be read aloud in either a bark or a lilt--and his illustrations aptly convey both the frantic behavior of the crowd and the bird's nest of streets, overpasses, and buildings that make up this twisted city. (Picture book. 4-8)