cover image My Outrageous Friend

My Outrageous Friend

Martha Alexander. Dial Books, $11.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-0587-6

Readers will recognize this Charlie, because everyone knows someone just like him--the golden boy who's good at simply everything and a nice guy to boot. His friend Jessie Mae thinks he is ``outrageous,'' which is the highest compliment she can pay anyone. She's also a little bit envious of his all-around competence. Envy turns to amazement when Charlie gives Jessie Mae a magic set that gives her power beyond her wildest dreams. Her juggling, flying and rabbit tricks make his no-hands bike riding look like small potatoes. It's Jessie Mae's turn to be magnanimous, and she comes through beautifully. Youngsters will love the way realism turns smoothly into fantasy, ending in a hot-air balloon ride piloted by Jessie Mae. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)