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Diane Carmel Leger
Illustrated by Pamela Cambiazo
Victoria (B.C.), Orca Book Publishers, 1991. 32pp, paper, $8.95
ISBN 0-920501-47-8. CIP

Grades 2 to 5/Ages 7 to 10

Reviewed by J.E. Simpson.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

This is an odd book. Essentially, it tells the story of a young boy whose creative instincts are awakened by some mysterious happenings in the attic of a house that was once occupied by Emily Carr.

The premise has potential. For some reason, it doesn't work. It may be that the relationship between Paul, the boy, and Mr. Tweedle, the landlord, never really develops, or it may be that what appears to be the inspiration supplied by Emily Carr is never made clear. Whatever the reason, after Paul has been inspired to paint a number of animals that appear (ones that originally belonged to Emily Carr), taken them to an admiring Mr. Tweedle, and finally received a large painting of himself and all the animals in a forest glade, the story ends, leaving a lot unclear, and a distinctly flat feeling.

The illustrations are colourful, if stiff, and include some delightful depictions of a very lively monkey.

It's difficult to know what children would make of all this.

J.E. Simpson, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton, Alta.
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