Chris Kevin-Keith fixes up the old boarded-up streetcar on West Cheddar Street as a restaurant, but soon the Jolly Trolley Restaurant is plagued by a mysterious, scary phantom. By the author of Doodle Flute.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- The old lunch wagon on West Cheddar Street closed long ago because people thought a phantom was haunting it. Years later, young Chris Kevin-Keith, who has always loved lunch wagons and has not heard of the phantom, buys the place, fixes it up, and renames it ``The Jolly Trolley.'' Business is great until people start hearing frightening noises. Despite Pinkwater's typically deadpan delivery and his intentionally silly, cartoonish drawings, this story is not as much fun as some of his other titles, such as Wempires and Doodle Flute (both Macmillan, 1991). Both Chris Kevin-Keith and old Mr. Wiggers, who helps unhaunt the diner, lack eccentric traits or expressions to make them distinctive and humorous. The conclusion is similarly unmemorable. Pinkwater's unique comic sense is not totally absent, but fans may be disappointed at the restrained tone and relatively conventional plot. --Steven Engelfried, Alameda County Library, CA
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Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027746410
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027746410
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. No binding. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-000-01-2049002