The Four Hoods and Great Dog

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Author St. Martin's Press $12.95 (131p) ISBN 978-0-312-01431-5
When the Hood family (so named for their hooded winter parkas) moves to the country, they expect to get pets. But the petsGreat Dog, who grows up taller than the weathervane on their house, and the small cat Foudiniwreak havoc on the household. June and Steven, the children, learn that Great Dog and Foudini are from different universes, sent to the Hoods' for safekeeping. Foudini's ego and his penchant for writing on Mr. Hood's typewriter, as well as Great Dog's size, are constant sources of trouble, but with June and Steven's help, the animals are able to defeat their enemies back home. Calling to mind Daniel Pinkwater's Lizard Music and Shirley Jackson's Life Among the Savages, the novel explores absurdist notions with polished and clever prose. It is a sophisticated book to puzzle over and relish, perfect for reading aloud. Ages 8-12. (March)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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