Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone

Fiona French, Author Little Brown and Company $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-316-29298-6
With eye-catching art and a saucy tone, French ( Rise and Shine ; Snow White in New York ) tells an original story based on characters borrowed from Jamaican and African folktales. Both Mr. Dry-Bone and Anancy attempt to win the hand of Miss Louise who is ``very clever, and very, very pretty.'' Determined to marry the first man who makes her laugh, Miss Louise is not impressed with Mr. Dry-Bone, a skeletal scarecrow in black-and-white checkered pants who woos her with his conjuring tricks. Anancy, a handsome black man, borrows clothing from various animals to create a ridiculous outfit and ends up making everyone laugh, even Mr. Dry-Bone. The story is slight, but French's language is street-smart and jazzy. The illustrations--vibrant background colors overlaid with complex black-and-white silhouettes--are singular and striking. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Paperback - 24 pages - 978-0-7112-1384-5
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-7112-0787-5
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