FLICKS by Tomie de Paola


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De Paola adds a touch of novelty to his wordless cartoon sequences by presenting them as silent movies, with a title frame at the start of each ""story"" and a rear-viewed, front-row audience silhouetted across the bottoms of the pages. The ""flicks"" include ""Tooth Troubles"" (kid attaches string to wrong side of doorknob; when sister opens door, tooth is knocked instead of pulled out), ""The Birthday Cake"" (unable to blow out her candles, the little girl douses them with a bucket of water), ""Rhonda Rolls Along"" (and finds a way to roller skate without tumbles), ""The New Baby"" (surprise--it's a kitten!), and ""A Sleep-time Saga"" which ends with a goodnight kiss. Once beyond the nostalgia wrapping, not much to engage an audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich