LUCRETIA THE UNBEARABLE by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat


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In the pattern she established with Thornton the Worrier, Twitchell the Wishful, and others, Sharmat disabuses Lucretia the bear of a fearful case of hypochondria. Out bicycling with her baggage of thermometer, bandages, and the like, Lucretia panics when Hunkley Lion points out a wart on her nose. By the time she gets to the doctor's office (despite her fears of waiting-room germs), Lucretia has a list of complaints and potential ailments--to which she adds ""a future cough"" when the doctor coughs in her face. Though he pronounces her ""in fantastic shape,"" a bike spill on the way home sets her off again. This is when her friends declare her silly and unbearable, leave her to take care of her own scraped knee. . . and so bring her to her senses. Lucretia's foible is a recognizable one and Sharmat's dialogue is relatively snappy; but her quick-cure formula is as simplistic as ever, and by now it's acquired the air of an assembly-line product. That impression is reinforced by Stevens' unimaginative pencil drawings, which show thick Lucretia and friends in all their hairy fullness and human togs, but don't make them appealing.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1982
Publisher: Holiday House