UP THE DOWN ELEVATOR by Norma Farber

UP THE DOWN ELEVATOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When the elevator stopped at 1, a baker got on with a hot cross bun."" At 2, it's ""a chef with a crocodile stew"" and ""a blacksmith mending a stallion's shoe""; and the elevator continues to collect passengers at every floor up to 10, where the 10 new passengers include an auctioneer, an engineer, and a mountaineer. Don't ask why Farber calls this the ""down"" elevator as it goes up--or why she then has the whole cast riding ""all the way to 1 down the up elevator."" Oddly, also, Gussman never takes advantage of the cumulative motif by picturing all 55 passengers together, or showing any of the existing riders as new ones get on--though such buildups make for most of the fun in similar ditties (say, ""The Twelve Days of Christmas"") and would take well to a crowded elevator. Under-powered.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Addison-Wesley