Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Seven Sneezes by Olga Cabral

Cabral, Olga The Seven Sneezes illustrated by Bruce Ingman, 40 pgs. Golden Book (Random House), 2009. PICTURE BOOK. $15.99. Originally written in the 1940s, this silly story about life-changing sneezes has been re-illustrated by Ingman, and what a delight they are! Using a combination of hand-drawn and painted pictures, the story tells of the time a rag man came to town and turned it upside down with his sneezes. The dog now meows, the cat has bunny ears, the duck has no feathers, and the little girl has no pigtails! In a huff, they set out to find the rag man so he can make it right again....but it takes several tries before he can find the right magic sneeze to put them back together again! I thought the story was a bit too long and there was just a lot of text on each page so I could imagine children might get restless, but then again, it is a silly story with cute pictures so the text overload might not be a problem! EL-OPTIONAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.

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