OLD ONE-EYE MEETS HIS MATCH by Roy Doty

OLD ONE-EYE MEETS HIS MATCH

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When woodcarver Leonardo, a mouse, leaves his clock-tower home in the noisy polluted city for rural Mouse Vale, he finds the whole population slaving for Old One-Eye, a rat ensconced in the granary, who pays them off in winter at the rate of one grain apiece per day. But Old One-Eye covets the fancy clock Leonardo makes for Mouse Vale; Leonardo agrees to hand it over if the rat will double his grain allotment each day, and when the amount doled out mounts with such unexpected rapidity Leonardo is able to arrange a settlement that benefits all of Mouse Vale. Doty's one-color cartoons of overacting rodents don't add up to much, but it's likely that One-Eye won't be the only one gasping at this novel demonstration of geometric progression. On the 365th day Leonardo's grain ration would have been ""751528 followed by 110 zeros,"" and it's all spelled out across the last double page.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1978
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard