BARNABY SHREW GOES TO SEA by Steve Augarde

BARNABY SHREW GOES TO SEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Barnaby's arbitrarily motley costume doesn't promise much in the way of sense; but, as Augarde makes clear at the start, what mattered in those days were the stick and spotted handkerchief--all you needed in order to run away to sea. Barnaby despairs at the docks when the tough-looking sailor rats have no jobs for him; but then he sees the notice calling for a cabin shrew, applies to a Captain Rat who's despondent with only a pet turtle to clean his carpet, and is soon sweeping happily away. ""And so that was that really, the spotted handkerchief and stick routine had paid off."" There's enough of a story to keep readers wondering what's in store for Barnaby at the top of the gangplank or behind the captain's door, but much of this is gratuitously quaint or dotty.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1979
Publisher: Deutsch--dist. by Elsevier/Dutton