Twenty-six poems about children who misbehave, arranged in alphabetical order from Agatha to Zazu.
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"Agatha, / bad as they come, / not nearly though as bad as some, / took a wad of chewing gum / and stuck her elbow to her thumb." The first of 26 naughty children spotlighted in this offbeat alphabet book, Agatha is one of the more benign specimens. Bartholomew pours ink into his teacher's tea, Ferdinand fills the living room with dirt, Margarite shoves a turkey leg down her parakeet's throat and Tip suspends his twin brother from the drapes with a giant safety pin. De Mejo's pictures--at their best, Gorey- esque--bring this motley crew to horrifying life. Yet the cartoony illustrations, like the verse, run the gamut: some are clever, others are disappointingly drab. Still, the humor is silly enough to appeal to kids--rotten or not. Ages 4-up.
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In the funniest of these not very funny misdemeanors, ``Jacob,/also known as Jake,/wondered how long it would take/his mom to find the rubber snake/he hid inside her chocolate cake./Oh, Jacob!'' Ranging from naughty to mean or destructive, these young rogues are more likely to amuse kids than adults, though de Mejo's expressive, odd-sized figures and sly humor will appeal to those with a taste for his acclaimed surreal illustrations. For a wittier and better-natured treatment of the subject, see X. J. Kennedy's Brats (1986) or Cole's perennial favorite, Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls (1964). (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Philomel, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11039922260X