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Bill and the Google-Eyed Goblins

Schertle, Alice

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ISBN 10: 0688067018 / ISBN 13: 9780688067014
Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1987
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Bill and the Google-Eyed Goblins

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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A young man who loves to dance is captured by the goblins beneath the hill and must challenge them to a dance contest in order to escape.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 3 Scorned by his neighbors as a ``dancing fool,'' Bill is unable to hold a job because of his uncontrollable urge to dance. One All Hallows eve, sweet music lures him to the subterranean kingdom of the google-eyed goblins, humorous dark creatures with huge red eyes, where he is forced to polish a pile of gold coins ``until his fingers fall off.'' This is a book that never really defines what it is. Ostensibly a fairy tale, the story lacks a hero with whom children can identify and a central dilemma or conflict. Both author and illustrator depict Bill as a gawky clown and fail to establish the goblins as inherently evil or even threatening to Bill. Since the danger is never plausible, Bill's solution and escape lack suspense and cathartic value. Also, since the text fails to establish the fact that the goblins stole their gold from the townspeople, Bill's theft of a bag of coins raises a questionable moral issue. Moreover, Bill's immediate acceptance by his neighbors when his newly acquired wealth permits the purchase of a large farm and fancy clothes is hardly the kind of value one hopes to offer children. A mediocre original fairy tale that is undistinguished in terms of plot, language, illustrations, overall concept, and intrinisic meaning. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn Sch . , Concord, Mass.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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