THE HORSE IN THE CAMEL SUIT by William Pene Du Bois

THE HORSE IN THE CAMEL SUIT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fresh from his triumph in The Alligator Case, which earned him the emnity of Officer Dillingham (""not bean, ham! ham! ham!), the young detective sets out to save the short-tempered policeman from a disaster of his own making, to prove that he had been right in doing something terrible-locking up Swami Tarragon the World's Greatest Mind Reader and his troupe: The World's Longest Inchworm, The World's Thirstiest Camel, and The World's Slowest Bunny Rabbit. The W.'s T.C's suit smells like a sweaty horse, which gives our hero his clue--and off he goes to a decrepit race track tout for a hot tip. The finale is a dazzling display of legerde-main and another triumph for the enterprising boy; he and the tout fake out Swami and expose the talented troupe as desperate horse thieves. The final encomium comes from Officer Dillingham: the two will henceforward be a team... The sum of this scattershot madness is not immortal satire--for which read it's not The Three Policemen... but what is? Sharp kids will take this as it comes--snappy, ingenious, amusing fun.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row