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Hating the yards-long muffler that his aunt knitted for him with three miles of yarn, Jeremy is unable to ride a bicycle or ice skate properly and tries to get rid of the thing, but somehow the muffler keeps coming back to him.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A bit contrived, this story is still fun as a sort of modern-day tall tale. Jeremy's eccentric Aunt Alice knits him a muffler from three miles of yarn, and his mother makes him wear it so he won't hurt his aunt's feelings. When he is wound up in it he looks like the Michelin Tire Man in green, purple, and orange stripes. Jeremy has nothing but problems with the scarf; he tries to "lose" it, but people keep returning it to him. Eventually, he becomes a hero, using it to rescue a girl who has fallen through the ice. Statues are made in his honor and similar mufflers become a fashion trend. Finally, the local museum asks him to donate it, and he is free of it. Schneider's paintings ably illustrate and support the humor of the story. They are slightly skewed and off-center as befits the screwball absurdity of the tale. Nielsen is not quite the yarn spinner of a James Stevenson or Steven Kellogg, but she's on her way.
Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4^-8. Jeremy's aunt means well when she makes him a muffler for his birthday, but she forgets to stop knitting. He doesn't want to hurt her feelings, so he's forced to wear the yards and yards of yarn. The muffler trips him up, gets caught in doors, and makes him the butt of everybody's jokes. He tries to lose the thing, but everyone recognizes it and is very helpful in returning it to him. Then one day the muffler saves someone from drowning, and Jeremy's a hero. Best of all, he gets to donate the muffler to a museum. The gouache illustrations in bright, simple shapes play with the affectionate farce of the story. Jeremy does look like a rolling klutz with the yards of muffler wound and wound around him; all you can see of him is his desperate expressive face, scowling and trapped. In their first book, the author and illustrator have given kids a lighthearted story about the embarrassing clutter we have to carry around. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Condition: New. Christine Schneider (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0689803192
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689803192
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