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Hey, Pipsqueak!

Hey, Pipsqueak!

1995 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Kate McMullan
Author: Jim McMullan
ISBN: 0062051008
Hardcover Price: $14.95
What child hasn't suffered at least once at the hands of a neighborhood bully? Thus, the stalwart young hero, Jack, of this happy collaboration is bound to be widely admired for his pluck in standing up to - and eventually besting - a mean old giant Troll. Bold, full-page drawings, reminiscent of an earlier era of comic-strip illustration, seem almost animated in certain sequences. When at last the loud-mouthed Troll is enticed to blow up a seemingly innocent red balloon, we watch, entranced, as he shrinks with each lungful of air he expels. But, of course! He was just full of hot air! The visual metaphor is memorable - and perfect. Children will be entranced by the big, brash drawings, and the surprise, 11th-hour transformation of the tyrannical Troll is sure to make the work a well-thumbed favorite.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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