Family Dinner

Jane Cutler, Author, Philip Caswell, Author, Philip Caswell, Illustrator
Jane Cutler, Author, Philip Caswell, Author, Philip Caswell, Illustrator Farrar Straus Giroux $14 (117p) ISBN 978-0-374-32267-0
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Paperback - 107 pages - 978-0-374-42258-5
Prebound-Sewn - 107 pages - 978-0-606-07496-4
Prebound-Other - 978-0-7857-6699-5
Paperback - 116 pages - 978-1-4502-5374-1
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Rachel's family never sits down to eat dinner together, so when Great-Uncle Benson comes for an extended visit he asks, ``How can you have a family without family dinner?'' and launches a culinary crusade to start such gatherings. Rachel is enthralled with Benson and joins his cause. Cutler intersperses a sequence of unrelated episodes--involving Rachel's friendship with a neighbor boy, her problems on the soccer field, the death of her pet hamster--with the tale of the campaign. Although these incidents are moderately diverting, Cutler has not woven them together into a unified whole; loose ends make this a choppy, unsatisfying novel. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-up. (Jan.)
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