COUNT RAISINBLAA AND THE DOZENS OF DISHES.
Volume 12 Number 1
Chez Cadillac, famous for soirees with virtuoso violinists strolling under the grape bowers, fire breathers performing beside reflecting pools, and jugglers balancing on herb garden walls, is the ancestral home of Count Raisinblaa, Pistachio, his cat, and Nesbit, his housekeeper, none of whom likes to wash dishes. Luckily, the Count has inherited an attic full of dishes, which he uses and piles in the house and out into the yard. When he becomes lonely and decides to organize a soiree, the solution to the heaps of dirty dishes brings this rather contrived tale to a happy ending. This easy-to-read story seems to be a strange mixture of nationalities: French, "Chez Cadillac" and "soiree"; English, "watercress sandwiches" and "Splendid!"; Caribbean, "breadfruit tea," and "papaya punch." Some expressions, "crookeder," "hammocking," and "zuzzing," appear to have been created especially for the story. Unlike the storyline, the black-and-white illustrations perk the imagination and add a measure of credibility to an otherwise uninspiring tale.
Janet E. Goldack, Grant Park H. S., Winnipeg, MB.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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