MISS LUCY by Nola--Illus. Langner

MISS LUCY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this rendering of the old jump-rope jingle (""Miss Lucy had a baby, she called him Tiny Tim. . .""), there's lots going on in Miss Lucy's vicinity and she seems to be going off in all directions; if you pause in reading long enough to figure it all out the quick-step rhyme will become a dirge. ""Miss Lucy,"" ""the doctor"" and ""the nurse"" are tatterdemalion tykes hard to distinguish from one another, and not always easy to spot as the character they're play-acting. Particularly since, when ""in walked the doctor, in walked the nurse,"" they're coming out of the house--which shifts, and shifts them, from one side of the page to the other from one page to another. It gets about as confusing as this explanation. And why oh why' is ""the nurse"" not ""the lady"" carrying ""the alligator purse""? (The little byplay occasioned is not worth the trouble.) Cleverly delineated but not drawn to suit.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan