THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Sandy Clifford

THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

E=MC. . . Wilt Chamberlain, March 2, 1962. . . to get to the other side. . . ."" Baby brother Cleveland is so smart, he is constantly spouting answers even when nobody has asked him any questions. (Here, though, the questions are provided at the back of the book.) But big sister Amy, who tells this, decides to take Cleveland down a peg by showing that, though he knows all the answers, only she knows the nanswers. Her demonstration nanswers, then, consist of a rhymed list of eight things an alligator is not: "". . . It's not a monster in a box/ Nor a tiger wearing socks./ Next, I'd like to make it clear/ it's not a dog who loves root beer. . . ."" In the story Cleveland is impressed. Others might be mildly tickled by the concept of nanswers, but less so by Amy's examples. As big-sister snow-jobs go, hers can't come near Lucy Van Pelt's.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin