DON'T GET ME IN TROUBLE! by Steven Kroll


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The prolific author of children's picture books collaborates with a new artist to create a book that, while amusing, is less than an overall success. The protagonists are two dogs: Mickey, a large, spotted type who loves to think up wild and crazy ideas; and Jake, his smaller, hairy friend who follows along, usually straight into trouble. Thus, they dangle from Mickey's tree house (Jake falls); snitch bones from Connie Collie's Cafe (Jake gets caught); go swimming (Jake dives straight onto Tina Terrier, nearly drowning her). It is not until a visit to Puppie Playland endangers Mickey that he is willing to spend a weekend playing checkers. Besides the cutesy names and the uninspiring plot, the main problem here is that Glass' illustrations don't always clearly illustrate Kroll's points. We don't, for example, get a clear idea of which character is which until the third illustration. The basic criterion for a picture book is that text and words must work together; here, they're just not in sync.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1987
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Crown