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Fitzgerald, Judith.

Illustrated by Maureen Paxton. Windsor, Black Moss Press, c1986. 36pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0-88753-146-6.

K-Grade 3
Reviewed by Carole Steedman

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

Whale Waddleby is a tale written in rhyme about a town bully whose size increases with his meanness and intake of large quantities of food. The amusing illustrations by Maureen Paxton add humour to the poem about disgustingly mean and fat Whale, who flies into a rage when he discovers that people in an ice-cream store, as well as every other house and store in town have put up a sign, "Closed: Gone to Bornaspore," and left town. The result is that Whale now has only himself to bully.

The text uses a sing-song rhythm with adequate metre and rhyme. Its imaginative vocabulary will inspire readers to picture Waddleby as:

He'd grumble and groan and gretch and gribble,
Then he'd drubble and drone and drooble and dribble.
Then he'd brush his teeth with old gasoline;
They were the meanest teeth you've ever seen.

The illustrations are vivid and colourful, providing humorous additions to the story-line. Whale is depicted as an overweight, not-too-bright bully. The paperback book has large, clear print with good spacing. It is staple bound, as are most paperbacks. If you enjoyed Judith Fitzgerald's previous book, My Orange Gorange* you will likely enjoy Whale Waddleby.

Carole Steedman, North Ward School, Paris, Ont.

*Reviewed vol. XIV/1 January 1986 p. 30.

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