Six short stories chronicle the adventures and escapades of three mischievous children--Bigun, Middlun, and Littlun--in the city, living above their father's busy burger restaurant.
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Six episodes feature familiar childhood experiences with three enterprising siblings and their parents, who manage to transform conflict into good cheer despite the circumstances. Bigun's thrill at getting his first bike sours when he can't balance, and he's furious when he catches younger sister Middlun riding it; still, she offers a useful tip--and then cleverly ensures that he doesn't take his revenge. When a beach weekend seems doomed by fog, cold, and delays, resourcefulness and patience will result in an exhilarating time. Despite the abundant detail and dialogue, the characters remain flat, while some incidents--the delays encountered en route to the beach, or Middlun winning a poster competition--are predictable. Published in 1990 in Britain, this edition is Americanized but still doesn't explain the mysterious acronym ``NCCAFA.'' Soft pencil illustrations capture the children absorbed in work and play. Adequate, but not essential. (Fiction. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-- A British story filled with humor and warmth that features a family living above a burger shop where the father works. The oldest of the three : children, Bigun is a seven-year-old who is big for his age. Middlun, his six-year-old sister, is smart, resourceful, and mischievous. Her creativity and artistic talent add imaginative scenarios to this early chapter book. Readers who like Pollyanna and other old-fashioned stories are sure to like this one. Although not as good as Cameron's ``Julian'' series, it is charming and, despite its sweetness, does include some realistic elements such as sibling rivalries and fears. Harrison's light pencil drawings look a little like unfinished sketches. Some are throughly shadowed by lines with little subtlety or graduation. They do show good movement, action, and character, however. Pleasing fare, but not a necessity. --Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
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Book Description Candlewick Press, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition Thus. Bookseller Inventory # 0602403
Book Description Candlewick, 1990. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 0399003
Book Description Candlewick Press, nd (1992), c1990, 1992. 1st U.S. Edition, cloth w/gilt spine titles, fine w/dj, 106 pp, B & W illus. by the author, 8vo, 'There's never a dull moment in a family as mischievous as this one.'. Bookseller Inventory # 23187
Book Description Candlewick, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1564020037