KOSTAS THE ROOSTER by Traudl.

KOSTAS THE ROOSTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kostas the rooster whose untimely crowing almost lands him in the stew pot is a Greek cousin to the Cock and the Ghost Cat (1966, p. 672, J-220) but his fate is happier; when the villagers learn that his midnight crowing is not a mistake but an attempt to save them from robbers they hail his departure to a new home on top of the mountain where he won't have to work like a clock any more. It's not quite clear how Kostas (who's only dreamed of leaving town) gets his snug cyrie not why the villagers are so sanguine about losing his services but there's not much point in quibbling about the story--the illustrations, deftly drawn, are colored in such glaring shades that you need tinted lenses to look at them, especially at the livid pink faces. Which makes it another overcooked slice of foreign life.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1967
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard