MEAN CHICKENS AND WILD CUCUMBERS by Nathan Zimelman

MEAN CHICKENS AND WILD CUCUMBERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A garden-variety folklike contrivance about the silly feud of two farmers, each of whom refuses to mend the fence between their farms. Instead of patching the hole, one farmer builds his own fence alongside it; the other farmer responds in kind (""If he can have a fence of his own I can have a fence of my own""); and then the two in turn outdo each other by making their fences ever higher and higher. The farmers finally work out an accommodation after both new fences collapse-whether farmer McCarthy's cucumber vines or farmer O'Brien's pecking chickens were the straw that brought them down, neither knows--but the original hole remains unmended. The pictures make quite a stunt of the intended comedy, which Zimelman manages smoothly but without much spontaneous humor.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1983
Publisher: Macmillan