ROBERTSON, UGLY AND NOHOW by M. C. Ibbotson

ROBERTSON, UGLY AND NOHOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A slack, guileless, curiously endearing Australian conceit involving a little boy (Robertson), a neat and clean pig (Ugly) and a dog-faced kangaroo with a distinguished air (Nohow) who share a cottage in the outback and some more or less indigenous encounters. A congregation of supercilious cats, stranded by a bus breakdown, changes its tune for a lift in the trio's truck; ""the most dangerous emu in five states"" hijacks them for help in a pastry heist (after Robertson has yearned for movie action); a pushy horse turns a treat into a rout (and a misplaced baby kangaroo turns up at home); a flock of sibilant sheep (Simon, Sandra, Cyril, etc.) sabotages Ugly's spring cleaning until the baker's collie brings them into line; a plaintive crocodile proves his worth as a pet when the vengeful, just-spring emus return. An odd lot for odd moments, laconically told and drawn.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1969
Publisher: Pantheon