cover image Crusher Is Coming!

Crusher Is Coming!

Bob Graham. Viking Children's Books, $12.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-670-82081-8

Pete warns his mother not to kiss him after school, because he is bringing home a football hero named Crusher for a visit. And he doesn't want baby sister Claire to intrude, either. But Crusher is a sweet-natured lug, and Claire beguiles him. Pete watches helplessly while his friend gives the baby horseback rides, joins in a tea party and reads Claire a book. Graham's new slant on sibling rivalry is droll and replete with funny moments: `` `Would you like some tea and fairy cakes, Basher?' says Peter's mom.'' This matter-of-fact tone cleverly underscores the humor of the situation: the author's empathy for family workings and understanding of the way a child struggles with typical domestic situations are ingeniously conveyed. Ages 3-8. (April)