GUESS WHAT? by Mere Fox
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Far away from here lives a crazy lady called Daisy O'Grady,"" begins Fox's brief text, consisting mostly of queries and responses: ""Is she tall? Guess! [page turn] Yes! Is she thin? Guess!"" and so on. Meanwhile,' meticulous paintings portray a wonderfully surreal life-style in entrancing detail, so minute that only young eyes will be able to decipher many of the tiny labels, graffiti, etc. without a magnifying glass. Daisy is shown comfortably abed with some of her many pets--a fox, snake, and spiders--as well as with a toaster and teddy bear; bathing in an ancient laundry tub, where she finds several aquatic creatures; harboring a skeleton in a closet that features various literary references (""Visit Narnia now!"" says one sticker, if you can read it); cooking up a suitably witchy brew (""rats' tails, toenails""). She is, in fact, a witch--and ""Some people say she's really mean. But guess what? She's NOT!"" A fascinating brew combining pop culture, Halloween symbols, favorite book characters, and the worthy message that even outrageously peculiar behavior may not be evil.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0152007695
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich