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Tale of Dan De Lion

Disch, Thomas M. with Illustrations by Rhonda McClun

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ISBN 10: 0918273307 / ISBN 13: 9780918273307
Published by Coffee House Press, Evening Coffee Editions, 1986
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the uncorrected proof in spiral-bound chrome yellow wrappers. oblong. a fine copy. Enclosed in the publisher's folder [which is a little worn] with a two page press release. This copy signed by Disch on the cover of the folder. Bookseller Inventory # 43475

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Title: Tale of Dan De Lion

Publisher: Coffee House Press, Evening Coffee Editions

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Softbound

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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A dandelion in the garden of an autocratic rose-fancier triumphs over the threat of extinction.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-4 In a flat-footed attempt at poetic whimsy, adult science-fiction author Disch tells The Tale of Dan De Lion , a weed who falls victim to a lady gardener enamored of roses but not of dandelions. She ``instructed her gardener Thaddeus Thwaite,/ to root up, poison, extirpate/ All plants but those that she had planted./ To only her roses was growth to be granted!'' Poisoned with ``2,4-D'' Dan seems to dieuntil the day of a fabulous rose party when he and his De Lion family reappear in a sea of yellow to taunt Miss Belinda Buttertoast. Disch's form of rhymed couplets is awkward to read due to poor scansion and forced rhymes. McClun's ink illustrations have a hip irreverence which is somewhat appealing, but they are unable to save the weak story. For light verse with an ironic edge there are many authors from Carroll to Seuss whose work is to be preferred. Without child appeal, this leaves a stale aftertaste. Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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