DUDLEY PIPPIN'S SUMMER by Philip Ressner

DUDLEY PIPPIN'S SUMMER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twelve years after meeting Dudley Pippin in the city, we revisit the same little boy during his summer in the country. Again the episodes are not really stories but more like little exercises in projecting a child's quizzical musings. Thus the fact that ""blueberries are red when they're green"" delights Dudley and his two friends; friend Margot's protests when he leaves at the end of the summer elicit his explanation that ""if everybody lived in the country all the time then the country would be the city""; and the little witch from the first book now points out that ""can't everybody be bigger [because] then the bigger ones wouldn't have anyone to be bigger than."" These are the sort of tuned-in childlike bits that can add delight to small stories, but how far they can go alone is another question. Such episodes as Dudley's conversations with an elf who doesn't have a family (""We're sort of a big bowling team"") and a cow on her lunch hour (no, they don't eat on their lunch hour; for cows, eating is work) tip the scale toward cuteness--but this will probably charm parents and catch some children up in its little whimsies.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1979
Publisher: Harper & Row