KING LAURENCE THE ALARM CLOCK by Peggy Mann

KING LAURENCE THE ALARM CLOCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

King Laurence the lion is an alarm clock because his roar tells the other jungle animals when to wake up and go to the water hole (the peaceable animals at first call, the fierce ones a little later, and the elephants last); when he gets a sore throat and can't roar, disorder reigns. Who saves the day? You guessed it, the little mouse, who frightens an elephant into moving a rock that covers magical, throat-healing moss. Mann does all she can--which is mostly just listing the different animals' characteristics--with an essentially flea-bitten idea, and Cruz comes up with one droll view of the pink-eyed, suffering lion. It ends with a roar--but doesn't amount to more than a medium squeak.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1976
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Doubleday