A CONEY TALE by Paul "Rátz de Tagyos


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A new author-illustrator creates an appealing coney (rabbit) society in 17th-century Flanders, with unique enterprises like a ""pad repair shop"" and an ""ear care center"" and respectable coney burghers eating salad in timbered houses. One day, ""Holbun the Younger"" discovers that the ""pride of Conage,"" a huge tree, is actually a giant carrot. With no hesitation but considerable inventiveness, lovingly detailed in the precise illustrations, the coneys contrive to pull it up. A ""feeding frenzy"" ensues; the hole is made into a public fountain. There's no moral in this wry tale, not even implicitly:, the coneys are delighted with their feat, and there are no unfortunate repercussions--which could make for some interesting discussion. Meanwhile, Rátz de Tagyos's bright, clean colors, varied use of frames and points of view, and Macaulay-like detailing of his fantastical technology mark an intriguing debut.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin