BEHIND THE KING'S KITCHEN by William Jay Smith

BEHIND THE KING'S KITCHEN

A Roster of Rhyming Riddles
by & translated by & illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 An attractive presentation of traditional and other riddles, chosen as much for their poetic quality as for their humor or the challenge of the puzzles; the thematic grouping would tend to suggest solutions even if the answers weren't given. What isn't provided is accessible sourcing; though a list of works like the Opies' volumes is appended, readers must guess, for example, what era described a watch as ``Beloved by men of degree.'' Only entries from known authors are specifically attributed; these include elegant literary translations from Symphosius (fourth century) by Richard Wilbur, nice oddments from Tolkien, Swenson, and Rossetti, and several--mostly doggerel--from the editors. Hnizdovsky's lovely, spare woodcuts, on most spreads, contribute to the handsome format but have little child appeal. Overall: pleasing but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1992
ISBN: 1-56397-024-4
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1992




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