OBEE & MUNGEDEECH by Trude Martin


Age Range: 9 - 13
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 Ten years before the real story begins, Obee and Mungedeech are hip-talking babies who meet in a hospital nursery where the ``deliveries'' vote not to tell their ``landladies,'' or mothers, that they can talk because the grown-ups can't handle it. Mungedeech is so cool that he can handle not having a landlord, or father. When readers next meet Obee, now called Kate, she's having her own landlord problems: Papa, who's left the family once before, is getting ready to do so again, and Kate can only talk about her unhappiness with her imaginary friend 3. Kate almost pulls out of the school science fair when Papa refuses his help but is goaded into competing by classmate Edgar, who turns out to be none other than Mungedeech. In Martin's tale, a well-meaning mother sobs over Our Town where ``the adults are the parents and the children are the children,'' but this glib comedy glorifies dysfunctional families and sends a message that even newborns are pretty much on their own. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80644-2
Page count: 107pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1996