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Discontented is about the mildest negative adjective to be applied to this book which achieves a totality of distastefulness. The text is made almost unreadable by the fluorescent tones of orange, yellow, fuschia, and purple backgrounds which nearly blank out the print, and by interjections in balloons and other type styles. Extracted, it deals with three clowns who wanted to be appreciated for their artistic abilities instead of being laughed at. A colleague at the circus, The Magic Mogul, agreed to chop them all up and rearrange the pieces to form one person with all the talents and leave two clowns. The audience didn't care for the performances of any of the transformed three, which was their clue to return to their old selves. If you sift the moral it seems very conservative, and inappropriate for children, who should be willing and capable of improving their status. The full page pictures are motley to the extreme with a dizzying jumble of colors and shapes sprawled across the page. The pictures of people are notably repellent, from an outsize portrait of The Magic Mogul looking like a jaundiced eunuch, to a view of the ""laughing"" audience displaying predatory rows of teeth and leering expressions. It's a delirious book that could leave anyone feeling shaken.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1966
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman