AN OCCASIONAL COW by Polly Horvath


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When the camp where nonathletic Imogene has spent several boring summers stitching wallets burns down, Imogene is hardly dismayed--till she learns her parents' alternative: a summer with hitherto-unknown cousins in Iowa. It's a far cry from New York City, but turns out hilariously well. Cousin Josephine is Imogene's age; the other three cousins join in such escapades as climbing the laundry chute and training pigs to curtsy for an annual competition. Horvath has made a neat blend here of slapstick humor, sophisticated, witty dialogue, and the real ups and downs of kids learning to get along in a new situation. Good-humored b&w illustrations add to the fun.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1989
Page count: 132pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux