UGBU by Ora Ayal


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In this too-cute import from Israel, Maya is a doll-like tyke who might have been stamped out with a cookie cutter, and Ugbu is the dog she imagines where readers see only a plain wooden chaff. ""Ugbu, my darling, I love you so much,"" says Maya, and she plays all day with the chair--which (who?) responds by sitting (folding in its two front legs--more like kneeling, actually), walking, and shaking hands as ordered. When Maya offers ice cream on the floor, the chair bends down to gobble it. Maybe tomorrow, Ayal ends, Maya will have a horse or a giraffe. Maybe more imaginative pictures would have saved this slight fantasy, but it's no great loss.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1979
Publisher: Harper & Row