It's a bruiser that could be an eye-opener, could be a fright. . . you wouldn't want to hand it out wholesale.

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BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD

Anti-war games.

James and Timothy and Stanley and Bert split up companionably into good guys and bad guys in their daily sorties to capture the hill, wind up spread-eagled (""They all lay dead"") and still friends. Then "One day" . . . Big Mike, a black-clad menace, and his scowling crew challenge them to fight for their right to the hill. Slinging stones and swinging clubs, they bloody and maul one another. . . until "They all lay hurting" and decide that "Nobody won. . . We all lost. . . Why don't we just use (the hill) together?" There'll be no more "real war" just "Bang, Bang, You're Dead." A terse text lets the intense, eruptive drawings carry most of the impact. Clutching their wounds, these kids might be Goya's Desastres de la Guerra scaled to size.

It's a bruiser that could be an eye-opener, could be a fright. . . you wouldn't want to hand it out wholesale.

Pub Date: May 7, 1969

ISBN: 978-0-06-443115-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperTrophy

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1969

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THE LORAX

The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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