Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut , two homeless urchins form a fabulous friends"/>

Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda

Margaret Atwood, Author , illus. Dušan Petricic. Bloomsbury $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59990-004-9

In this alliterative trifle by Atwood, who previously wielded consonants in Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut , two homeless urchins form a fabulous friendship. Bob has been "abandoned... beside a beauty parlour" by his mother, whose new hairdo leaves her "so blinded by her burnished brilliance that baby Bob was blotted from her brain." Three dogs (a boxer, a beagle and a borzoi, naturally) adopt Bob, who takes to hiding in bushes and barking. Not far off lives Dorinda, whose parents "disappeared in a dreadful disaster." Her wealthy relatives "didn't dole out a dime," make her sweep and wash ("Drat these darned dirty dishes," she curses). In ink-line illustrations washed with monochrome watercolor, Petricic color-codes Bob in warm gold and ochre, and Dorinda in lavender, pink and blue. When one child's tale of woe takes the foreground, the other can be seen in the distance, so they are never far from one another. The two finally meet, and Dorinda coaxes Bob to read and speak; together they pacify a raging buffalo that escapes from a zoo. Ultimately, Atwood restores their parents, who "bought a bungalow" for all, dogs included. Happy ending notwithstanding, the title waifs are crushed under the perversely prolific wordplay, and the excessive B s and D s lose their comedic zing after a few paragraphs. Ages 5-up. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 11/20/2006
Release date: 00/00/0000
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.