What's the Matter, Habibi?
Betsy Lewin. Clarion Books, $15 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-395-85816-5
One day a camel who gives rides to children refuses to get up. Habibi's devoted owner can't figure out why, but the camel manages to restore a spring to his step by trading his owner's slippers for a dashing scarlet fez that makes Habibi the object of wide admiration. Lewin's (Chubbo's Pool) agile, spontaneous-looking watercolors combine graceful scrawls and squiggles with watercolor washes, humorously depicting the owner's struggle with his stubborn charge and Habibi's frisky stride through the purple-shadowed crowds of the bazaar. The art adds a lot of style to little substance--perhaps fitting for a tale in which the narrative problem is solved by a new hat. Ages 3-8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/1997
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-618-43242-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-30335-4
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4177-1749-1