THE AWFUL AARDVARKS GO TO SCHOOL by Reeve Lindbergh

THE AWFUL AARDVARKS GO TO SCHOOL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are plenty of alphabet books around--and not a few really good ones--so it may not be the faults of Lindbergh and Pearson (the team behind There's a Cow in the Road!, 1993) that they make, here, the merest of ripples. A troupe of trouble-making aardvarks stages a smash-and-grab raid at an elementary school attended by animals: ""They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny (they pulled down his pants)."" On they go, chasing chickens, flicking fleas, launching the llama's lunchbox, tossing turtles--until finally they are off to the zoo for some additional havoc. As Pearson draws them in congenial watercolors, these aardvarks are more gleeful than rude (and not nearly as mischievous as the carolers in her own We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1983, not reviewed), so the priggish snappings--""Understand if you will, it was Utterly awful, Those Vandals were Vicious, and Very unlawful""--come across as much ado about nothing.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking