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THE FLOWER OF THE REALM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Edgar Parker's books are ageless. His magnificent anthropomorphized animals are a treat to anybody's eyes. Nevertheless his texts (The Dream of the Dormouse) go into social satire beyond the sophistication of children reading animal stories, although what may filter through, especially from adults enjoying the barbed bombast of his characters, should prove edifying. This starts with a stag who wishes to make off with a doe, Baroness Roebuck. He turns for help to a baboon who is to get a message to her at the ball of Dowager Duchess Suzanne of Scrofa, ""a matronly hog,"" (before her marriage she was Suzy Porcine of The Dancing Dahlias). Everything was foiled when the Duchess lost her bejewelled nose ring, thus bringing on the police (Constable Jones, a bloodhound, and Fox, his assistant). And so it goes--a trippingly Edwardian tale, lots of fun to look at and high flown prose to listen to, with devastatingly satiric dialogue/portraits for the adult.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1966
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin