BERT AND BARNEY by Ned Delaney


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A frog who can't swim and an alligator the same size who sits on a log in the river instead of lounging in the water: this is the dippy pair that Delaney puts through the very agitated motions of a childhood spat. The best friends' falling out occurs when each one insists that the other is a better wrestler; but as each is miserable without the other, they reunite in a day. Delaney revs up this commonplace theme with a lot of arm-waving action (besides wrestling, the animals swim, tumble downhill in barrels, do skateboard acrobatics) and, at the end, he has the two friends on their log hurtling toward a waterfall and joining up for a leap to safety they couldn't manage apart. Kids might be drawn along by Delaney's one strong point, his frenetic comix-style energy.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1980
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin