Delivering an ice pick to his mountaineering mother in the Himalayas, Oskar and his friend Henrietta meet a tribe of abominable snowmen and find themselves captives in a palace made of ice cream.
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Grade 4-7-- Oskar and his friend Henrietta (who wears a gorilla suit throughout the book because of her job delivering gorillagrams) set off for the Himalayas to deliver an ice pick to Oskar's mountaineering mother. Along the way they meet a tribe of abominable snowmen; are held captive in a palace made of ice cream by the henchmen of The Controller, a demonic thief with a cohort of mad scientists; and meet the Great Khone, an ice cream maker searching for the world's stolen ice cream supply. While Corbalis does have a cutesy adult idea of what a child would think threatening ("Oh, no. No more ice cream"), the quirky characterization and humor save the book, as does the more authentic underlying theme of fear of abandonment by a parent. Certain plot elements are not entirely convincing, and while the villain is deliciously evil in a Disneyesque way, the character is far too obvious. The continual importance of the ice pick is clever, but the ice cream inventions are overdone. The demise of the villain's pet carries great satisfaction, but makes her own violent end somewhat disturbing. The book is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's work, but without the nasty edge, and will appeal to those who enjoy humorous fantasy. The skillful, prolific pen-and-ink illustrations utilizing hatching and contour line are appropriately whimsical and capture character and action. --Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, MD
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Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1989. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110316156485
Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv). LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0316156485 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1918408