HAPPY BLANKET by Tony Ross

HAPPY BLANKET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A flip-flop book: starting at the two ends, two stories with the same title and theme but with different characters--who meet in the middle for a unique denouement. Ross' subtle illustrations belie his words: ""Gregory wasn't afraid of the dark,"" but he is ""even less afraid"" with the help of his blanket, which also serves as a spaceship or a suit of armor. Lucy is admittedly afraid, but her blanket makes her feel safe: it's the big growly bear that protects her. It even chases away a magician on a flying carpet--which, in the other story, is Gregory on his blanket, escaping from her bear. Gregory's story is more amusing--the adults who complain about his blanket have their own, cleverly paralleled fetishes--but the pair make entertaining complements, despite the tinge of sexism. Ross' deft, cartoonish illustrations are gleefully expressive.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux