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Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1989. 130pp, paper, $12.95
ISBN 0-7710-6519-1. CIP

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up
Reviewed by Warner Winter.

Volume 18 Number 2
1990 March

The Lawn Jockey is the latest in a collection of cartoons put out since 1971 by Montreal Gazette cartoonist Aislin, also known as Terry Mosher. This sampling of his work, introduced by Ed Broadbent, covers the years 1987-1989. Since the cartoons originate in Montreal they are occasionally bilingual and stress Quebec and its problems. Aislin earlier contributed his cartoons to What's the Big Deal?, an anti-free-trade book written by Rick Salutin, and a great many cartoons in this book also reflect that theme.

Mild the cartoons are not. The colour cover, for example, shows our prime minister, as a lawn jockey, sitting smugly in front of the White House. Unfortunately, cartoons are often ephemeral and this book already feels dated. Still, Aislin is one of Canada's best and most acerbic cartoonists, and future historians will no doubt find this a valuable book for insights into how Canada faced the problems of the late 1980s.

Warner Winter, Emery Collegiate Institute, North York, Ont.
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