A simpleton's search for a fine plump goose to cook for dinner leads him into all sorts of trouble
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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Johnny Nut has always wanted roast goose to eat. Because his village has no geese, he sets off to find one and is beset by many difficulties before the sto ry's happy ending. There are several fairy and folktale motifs here. Johnny starts off by echoing what one person tells him, and he says the right words to the wrong person. This pattern is dropped in favor of a series of misfor tunes as people variously take pity on him or want him to move on. During these misadventures, the trick of replac ing a valuable possession in a sack with an unwanted one is played on him. Final ly, as in the ``lazy Jack'' motif, Johnny wins an unsmiling princess. Any one of these motifs would be sufficient for the limitations of a picture book. Also, one expects to suspend disbelief in a fairy tale, but this story has a disconcerting way of explaining some events while leaving others open to puzzlement. Full- color illustrations merely underscore the text. They have a Golden Book quality verging on cartoon. Better choices are single-theme tales such as Maitland's Idle Jack (Farrar, 1979), Lorenz' Big Gus & Little Gus (Prentice-Hall, 1982), or Ross' Lazy Jack (Dial, 1986). Jane Saliers, Atlanta Public Library
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195205952