My Best Friend

Ernest Nister, Author Philomel Books $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-399-21960-3
Nister, the prolific creator of turn-of-the-century picture books has been rediscovered with a vengeance. Now come four more exercises in ersatz Victoriana--small-sized reproductions that resemble pop-up Hallmark cards in a time warp. Each book consists of (only) five spreads: cloying verses facing a sweet, not terribly ingenious pop-up or framed ``movable picture.'' It's difficult to believe that even the most avid nostalgia fans would find anything to be charmed by in these efforts. The poetry is overblown and sappy: ``When mother takes me out each morn, / We watch the chickens eat their corn'' and ``I really love my dolly, / We play for hours on end. / And I can tell her anything, / She's really a good friend.'' My Best Friend concludes with a verse entitled ``Little Simplicity''; like all of these saccharine books, a little goes a long way. All ages. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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