Bently & Egg

William Joyce, Author, William Joyce, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-020385-6
With a dash of whimsy and a dollop of eccentricity, this sprightly tale of a ``young and musical frog who loved to draw'' contains an endearing hero, amusing pandemonium and a pleasingly happy ending. The plot is deliciously impossible: asked to take care of his only friend's freshly hatched egg, Bently paints it, then watches helplessly as it is ``eggnapped'' by a boy who mistakes it for an Easter egg. During the daring rescue, Bently befriends a stuffed elephant and an earnest goldfish, sings charmingly, escapes in a hot-air balloon and in a toy boat, and learns that he has more friends than he realizes. The sophisticated text, full of puns and echoes of 19th-century language--``Oh, joy! Oh, rapture!'' intones Bently on finding the lost egg--will appeal to adults as well as children. Joyce ( Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo ) fans will be enchanted with both the Steig-like story and the muted pastel drawings that brim with droll humor and surprises aplenty. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
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Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-06-020386-3
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-06-443352-5
Prebound-Other - 1 pages - 978-0-606-10752-5
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-694-01211-4
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-613-02937-7
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