Figment Yr Dog Speaking CL

Laura Hawkins, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $13.95 (155p) ISBN 978-0-395-57032-6
Just about everybody knows that Marcella Starbuckle is a chronic storyteller--or ``liar,'' as her classmates call her--everybody, that is, except her parents, who are too busy to notice. But when Marcella meets Figment, a talking dog, her mother and father start paying close attention as Marcella's behavior goes from strange to downright bizarre. Part fantasy, part mystery, this transparent tale of Marcella's attention-getting phase oversimplifies her problems and relies heavily on a secondary mystery plot to provide interest. Though the supporting characters are quirky and full of interest--senile Judge Willa Scott and developmentally disabled ``Benny Boo''--Marcella and Figment's relationship never really jells, a flaw that robs the story of its strength. The writing style is somewhat condescending for this age group; readers will likely race through Hawkins's lightweight fare. Ages 8-10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Paperback - 978-0-395-60473-1
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