STUFF AND NONSENSE by Laura--Ed. Cecil


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A companion to this duo's earlier read-aloud, Listen to This (1988), this time focusing on inanimate objects--which of course prove to be quite animate in every case. Classic stories and poems (Andersen's ""The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep""; ""The Sorcerer's Apprentice""; Lear's ""The Table and the Chair"") appear with lesser-known works--like Cecil's own ""The Voracious Vacuum Cleaner,"" Mahy's ""The Pumpkins of Witch Crunch"" (a splendidly novel choice for Halloween), and the endearing ""Brown Paper"" by Alison Uttley. The 17 well-chosen, mostly humorous offerings are accompanied by Clark's blithe watercolors, full of loose-limbed characters. Her ""Forty Performing Bananas"" (Prelutsky) makes a Congo chorus out of plantain cousins, while the ranks of clothed spaghetti incognito for ""The Macaronies Who Went for a Walk"" (Milos Macourek) are deliciously absurd. A grand source of shared laughter.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1989
Page count: 93pp
Publisher: Greenwillow