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THE BALLAD OF BAD BEN BILGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's a comic ballad rendered by old Timber Toe, a peg-legged parrot held captive since infancy by the Bligh-ish pirate of the title. Timber Toe, as illustrated by the author, looks much more like a toucan than any parrot should and goes on much too long to sustain the attention of even the most laugh-ready group. Nevertheless, there are some really good laugh lines, as: ""He was wicked and bad as could be./ He'd sit in the shade/ And cheat at Old Maid/ And that was the way he won me."" But these are few and far between. Timber Toe and an assortment of animals, together with two small girls, cleverly foil Bad Ben's attempt to pillage the isle of St. Mincemeat. The illustrations are busier than they need to be in terms of what can be discovered in them. Just not as good as The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn (1964).

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1965
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin