cover image TURK AND RUNT: A Thanksgiving Comedy

TURK AND RUNT: A Thanksgiving Comedy

Lisa Wheeler, , illus. by Frank Ansley. . Atheneum/Jackson, $15.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-689-84761-5

Wheeler and Ansley return to the comical family dynamics they related so successfully in Wool Gathering for this turkey tale set on Wishbone Farm. While Turk's parents cluck with pride over him, little brother Runt sees Turk's assets as liabilities (" 'He's a dancer,' said his mother. 'He's an athlete,' said his father. 'He's a goner,' said... Runt. But no one ever listened to Runt"). The younger fowl continues his sarcastic asides as he scares off a football coach and a ballet instructor who admires Turk's legs ("Look at zee size of zose drumsticks!"), until finally his family sees the light. This funny tale may well make readers consider the fowl's side of the holiday; they may even spare the turkey. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)