CORGIVILLE FAIR by Tasha Tudor

CORGIVILLE FAIR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the time-ago village of Corgiville, "west of New Hampshire and east of Vermont," the population of cats, rabbits, corgis ("enchanted" small dogs the color of foxes), and boggarts (toy-like "trolls") turn out for the annual country fair. The plan of young Caleb Brown, a corgi, to ride his goat Josephine in the Grand Race, is almost foiled by rival Edgar Tomcat who feeds Caleb a soporific hot dog and stuffs Josephine with mince pies and cigars. But Caleb's resourceful buddy Merton Boggart gets the groaning Josephine going by feeding her the rockets for his fireworks display. "The results were spectacular!" Caleb wins the race, leads the grand parade, starts off the Virginia Reel with Miss Corgiville ("much to his embarrassment and pleasure"), and applauds Merton's closing fireworks display. It's the kind of village that you enter through a covered bridge and the kind of story where everyone wins prizes and no apologies are offered or expected for gratuitous whimsy. (Why are the corgi described as enchanted? What are the ball-and-stick-constructed boggarts doing in a place like this?) Mrs. Tudor's pictures are of course executed in quaint and loving detail.
Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1971
ISBN: 0316853127
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1971




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