THE ENORMOUS SNORE by M.L. Miller

THE ENORMOUS SNORE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Letty, separated from her itinerant family during a storm, happens across a kingdom where the royal snore is driving the subjects to distraction. Through Letty's efforts, the king gets a taste of his own medicine when his bed is wheeled to Echo Ravine. The echo knocks the snores right out of the monarch, who sleeps peacefully ever after. In a curious twist, Letty is then reunited with her parents. Actually, it's too curious, one of many abrupt moments throughout this fractured and disjointed story from Miller (Those Bottles!, 1994, etc.). Its weak underpinnings don't support the very funny premise: Readers never learn why Letty was straggling behind the family cart, nor why she embroiders her suggestion instead of just speaking up, nor why she is left behind again at the very moment she should be treated as a national heroine. Hawkes's paintings are elegant, peppered with comedic touches; their soft focus reins in the energy of the piece and somewhat fuses the many disparate parts. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1995
ISBN: 0-399-22650-8
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1995




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