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. Volume XII Number 3 . . . . September 30, 2005
The title of Raymond Plante's Marilou Keeps a Camel tells a good part of the story. When a camel named Camelot arrives unexpectedly at the zoo, Mr. Polar, who takes care of maintenance at the zoo, hasn't had time to build an enclosure for the dromedary, and the polar bears have been splashing him in his temporary spot. The zookeeper suggests that the Polars keep Camelot in their backyard until a proper enclosure can be made. The Polars agree, and Marilou can't wait to show him off to her friends:
Marilou and her friends play with the camel in the yard and discover a few facts about camels including their physiology and dietary requirements. This section is brief and doesn't give a lot of
Now the dromedary turned into a crocodile.
Marilou awakens with the realization that Camelot is unhappy because he is in a strange country and everything is unfamiliar, and so she decides to take him for a walk downtown. This doesn't prove to be a very good idea as dromedaries are not generally seen on the street and storekeepers aren't very happy about them poking their heads into their shopfronts. The story ends with the temporary enclosure constructed satisfactorily and the camel happy.
This story could have been very amusing and fun, but it misses the mark and is boring instead. The transitions between the chapters are very abrupt, and, as a consequence, the chapters don't hang together very well. Some of the ideas are belabored, as in the dream Marilou has in which the camel turns into various creatures. Marie-Claude Favreau's grey-scale sketches are the best part of this story illustrating the characters, including Camelot, in a variety of emotions and situations. Perhaps readers of the other Marilou stories will be interested in this title, but it is disappointing on the whole.
Lisa Hanson O'Hara is a mother of three children and a librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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