SUNSHINE by Ludwig Bemelmans


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Not entirely for the children is this latest by the fine-knifed master of satire. Although the "juvenile" Bemelmans of Madeline has an imaginative, gentle whimsy, here the verse is often over-sophisticated and relies on experiences familiar only to adults -- room renting, lawyers and leases. However, the situations are delightful -- how the stuffy Mr. Sunshine (all gloom and thunder clouds) rents a room to quiet, sedate little Miss Moore who, to the horror of Mr. Sunshine, runs an active and noisy music school, how Miss Moore is trapped into paying her rent money for two thousand umbrellas, how the rent is raised and the children and Miss Moore give a concert at Carnegie Hall. The illustrations by the author, full color and black with one color, are delightful. The rain has never rained so hard over New York, nor the snow snowed in Central Park with such glittering brilliance. Because of the New York City locale, this should have strong regional sales, and Bemelmans' followers will gobble it up. Bound in board with decorated and papers.
Pub Date: June 15th, 1950
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1950


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