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Cynthia and the Runaway Gazebo

Marston, Elsa

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ISBN 10: 0688102824 / ISBN 13: 9780688102821
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0688102824 DJ HAS LIGHT EDGE AND SHELF WEAR AND PRICE CLIPED. COVER HAS LIGHT EDGE AND SHELF WEAR. GIFT INSCRIPTION ON THE TITLE PAGE. THE REST OF THE PAGES HAVE VERY LIGHT WEAR IF ANY. CHILDREN. WE USE BUBBLE MAILERS. Bookseller Inventory # Z0688102824Z3

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Title: Cynthia and the Runaway Gazebo

Publisher: Tambourine

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Though unpracticed as a hostess, Cynthia assumes the necessary authority when the gazebo in which she and other children are sheltering floats off its foundation during a storm and ends up as part of a pirate's booty.

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Grade 1-3-- This exaggerated yarn about a sickly girl who rises to the occasion when captured by pirates will be enjoyed more by adults who fancy Gilbert and Sullivan than by young audiences. Frail Cynthia visits her Great-aunt Isabelle's country manor. When she admires the gazebo, the woman sheds a tear. Before they ran away to sea, her two young sons had loved to play in it. The next day at a garden party, a sudden storm forces the child and her guests into the gazebo, which is then lifted from its foundation and swept away. Cynthia suddenly becomes a feisty leader, and turns the pirates who seize them into friends. A merchant ship, pursued by the pirates, turns out to be a disguised man-of-war. Its captain recognizes the gazebo as the one in which he and his brother spent happy childhood hours. Miraculously the pirate captain discloses that he is Horatio's brother, Algernon, and all return home. Much of the mannered text inspires snickers. "I must be home for tea," a boy said, "Otherwise I get brutish." is a prime example. This preposterous story can only be compared to a comic operetta. Cynthia's sudden change from sickly to powerful and the pirates' conversion from fierce fighters to docile students are ridiculous, but fun. Illustrations, ink drawings filled in with subdued watercolors, add to the book's sense of fantasy. Figures are grotesque and flat, almost like cut-out dolls frozen into active positions. A touch of cross-hatching adds little dimension, but is reminiscent of old-fashioned lithographs. Certainly not for the literal-minded, but special children who imagine other times and places will enjoy stretching themselves to take in this burlesque adventure. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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