The Man Who Kept House

Peter Christen Asbjornsen, Author, Otto S. Svend, Illustrator, Svend Otto Sorensen, Illustrator
Peter Christen Asbjornsen, Author, Otto S. Svend, Illustrator, Svend Otto Sorensen, Illustrator Margaret K. McElderry Books $13.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-689-50560-7
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In this timely tale, a married couple agrees to exchange each of their daily routines when the grumbling husband criticizes his wife's housekeeping. With a scythe over her shoulder, the wife heads off with the harvesters the following morning, leaving her husband to a day of domestic calamities. As he begins to churn the butter, he grows thirsty; just as he unstops the beer keg, the family's pig drops in to the kitchen. In a scenario worthy of the Marx Brothers, one disaster follows another, until the wife returns just in time to rescue her harried spouse from a particularly awkward spot. Softly focused colored pencil drawings lend this old folktale a gemutlich charm, deftly capturing every (increasingly) farcical development. The expressions of the enraged husband and the several agitated animals will easily provoke chuckles, as a new generation of readers discovers the delights of a cautionary tale whose comedy remains as up-to-date as ever. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
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