Careful with That Ball, Eugene!

Tohby Riddle, Author Orchard Books (NY) $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-531-05917-3
Riddle's first book for children is a winsome ``What if?'' tale in which a boy exhibits an active--and far-reaching--imagination. When Eugene kicks his ball, readers know what happens until the story's end but, before that, they see where it ``could have gone.'' Gently humorous, light-hued watercolors show the runaway ball crashing through the McBeavers' front window, leaving chaos in its wake before landing in a bowl of oatmeal--and mercilessly splattering poor Mrs. McBeaver. Eugene envisions getting into so much trouble that he is forced to leave home and to take refuge in a variety of exotic places: on ``a ship bound for South America,'' on a Himalayan mountaintop, in a Greek monastery, in a gangsters' hideout. Presented with a droll display of hyperbole, Eugene's fanciful flight is perfect fodder for active imaginations. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Hardcover - 978-0-531-08517-2
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-330-27154-7
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