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SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT By Nancy Shaw.Illustrated by Margot Apple.Unpaged. Boston:Houghton Mifflin Company. $14.(Ages 2 and up)
inerva Louise perches on a fence and smiles at what she sees. An upbeat and consistently analytical chicken, she has spotted article abnormal in advanced of the abode beyond the way: ”Oh, they accept a new wheelbarrow.” We can see it isn’t a barrow at all. It’s a babyish carriage. But Minerva Louise is aloof a craven and she gets things wrong. This old antic still works. Adolescent accouchement are consistently captivated back accession knows beneath than they do.
One funny confounding leads to another. Exploring the house, Minerva Louise notices added new things. There’s a bassinet she is abiding is a aerial hutch, a adolescent aboideau she thinks is a fence. Triumphantly she concludes that there is a ”new bunny” in the house. She can hardly delay to see him.
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A simple white chicken-shaped craven with a red comb, Minerva Louise is calmly outlined, as are her surroundings, in edgeless atramentous pencil abounding with ablaze collapsed watercolor. These anxiously laid out scenes accept the attending of a beautiful actualization book. There are no shadows, not a ashen line. The accumbent pages are abounding of daylight, and every cartoon is abiding so neatly it looks as if it has hospital corners.
As the chance ends, our chicken, still smiling, waits patiently while a brace blame the carrying approach. ”Oh, look. Actuality appear the farmers. They’ve got article in the wheelbarrow. I achievement it’s the bunny!” Along with Minerva Louise, we attending anon into the babyish carrying and are as admiring as she is. And a little surprised.
”A Friend for Minerva Louise” is the fourth book of a quartet accounting and illustrated by Janet Morgan Stoeke. The blush palette has been active actuality with the accession of delicate tones in account of the ”new bunny,” and the assets accept been aesthetic with anniversary afterwards volume.
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Series books, which amalgamate the address of the accustomed with the allurement of the new, accept been the favorites of buyers and booksellers about back publishing began. It is about accustomed that if an columnist develops one or added accepted characters, and takes them from chance to chance in book afterwards book, readers will chase — like sheep.
”Sheep Trick or Treat” is the sixth account book in its series. But it is not about the best. Perhaps the attitude the columnist and artisan accept been mining is active out. Neither the wan caliginosity palette nor the annoyed ballad account yet accession Halloween has about the blithe affluence of this book’s predecessors. So it seems alive to apply on them: for instance, on ”Sheep on a Ship” or ”Sheep Out to Eat” (not to acknowledgment ”Sheep in a Jeep” or ”Sheep in a Shop” — the titles abandoned accomplish acceptable account aloud). Anniversary of these belief stars a small, antic army with the souls of preschoolers. Whether they are dressed like pirates about arresting with a storm at sea or out for tea, area they afield pepper the block and burn added baby disasters, they are consistently accepting in and out of some agitation that will access adolescent children.
Margot Apple has illustrated all six books. Working in cautiously black black pencil, she catches the affable activity of Nancy Shaw’s short, antic curve of verse. Back ”Waves ablution beyond the address / Waves slosh. Sheep slip,” Apple completes the arena with lightning, luffing sails, aerobatics angle and three of the ample assemblage blind on to the decks like kids on a adulterated roller coaster. It’s a astute duke that can accord animals beastly characteristics after accident their beastly identities. Apple knows how to draw that line.
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The aboriginal sheep in a boutique was fatigued by John Tenniel for ”Alice Through the Attractive Glass” (1872). Wearing a mobcap and shawl, she sits abaft a boutique adverse knitting determinedly. An old mutton, she makes a abrupt appearance, attractive hardly like Dickens’s Madame Defarge in sheep’s clothing.
If Alice were actuality appear today, she and the old sheep would accept alternation of their own, with affairs for lath books and cookbooks. In a business area the accepted assumption seems to be ”If it works once, do it again,” a acclaimed advocate can accumulate a accumulation of books in print, and may alike advance them into the acreage of licensing deals.
Shaw’s six sheep books and Stoeke’s hen-centered four are blessed examples of alternation books that (with the accepted exception) accept neither collapsed into cliched formulas imposed by overexposure nor vanished into the oubliette labeled Out of Print. In these perilous times, back baby editions accept become endangered breed and backlists of admired but abundantly affairs books are jettisoned to accumulate big publishing houses afloat, it is auspicious to acquisition a few dependable acreage animals that are still able to acquire reasonable royalties.
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