BOBO, THE TROUBLEMAKER by Miriam Schlein

BOBO, THE TROUBLEMAKER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A familiar folklore motif gets a smooth but synthetic treatment in this turnabout trick whereby a troublemaker who alarms the villagers with prophecies of disaster is cured of the habit when one of them gets wise. Bobo predicts, when the moon is waning, that it is getting used up and will disappear; and later during the annual dry season he says that the river is going away. Then one dark day when he insists that a dragon is eating the sun (later, the rain is his tears of repentance) the people make him spend the night in a treetop to watch out for the dragon. But just as Cruz makes roguish Bobo the only lively figure on the scene, Schlein doesn't put as much wit into the comeback as Bobo displays in his mischief.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Four Winds