Alpha and the Dirty Baby

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After Alpha's parents have a spat, two devil's imps turn Papa and Mama into a lump of coal and an egg, and move in, along with their dirty baby, and cause chaos. But they're no match for clever Alpha!

When a devil's imp and his wife impersonate her parents, Alpha uses soap and water to deal with them and their baby.

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Overview

After Alpha's parents have a spat, two devil's imps turn Papa and Mama into a lump of coal and an egg, and move in, along with their dirty baby, and cause chaos. But they're no match for clever Alpha!

When a devil's imp and his wife impersonate her parents, Alpha uses soap and water to deal with them and their baby.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW lauded this ``boisterous, highly original tale'' about two imps who wreak havoc in a family, and added, ``Cole's text is understated and poetic, and his line and wash illustration... are supremely stimulating.'' Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Family arguments over silly things often get out of control, but when a petulant papa wishes to be drowned at sea so that his family will miss him, anything can happen. He even invokes the devil, a big mistake! The pictures explode into action as a clown-like Imp family replaces the parents. Only their daughter, Alpha, an island of sanity in a world gone crazy, is left to cope with these dirty imps. This tale is pure slapstick fun but with folktale motifs and fable-like moral that enrich the tale and make it so satisfying.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- In this latest offbeat contemporary folktale by Brock Cole, Alpha's quarreling parents are transformed into a lump of coal and an egg by a family of mischievous imps. Being imps, they can't stand cleanliness, so Alpha, who looks to be about seven, is put to work dirtying the floor, the laundry, and the dishes, and bringing the garbage in . However, our heroine is a resourceful lass, and comes up with a scheme to combat the imps and their dirty baby. Story and colorful cartoon illustrations are equally engaging. The setting is turn-of-the-century small-town America, with lots of entertaining background details. Even the (human) family's flock of chickens is worth watching, forming as they do a sort of manic Greek chorus to the main action. A fast-paced, humorous fable on the perils of squabbling, starring a sturdy little girl armed against the powers of mischief with a bar of soap, this would be an enjoyable read-aloud or -alone. --Barbara Hutcheson, Greater Victoria Public Library, B.C., Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374302412
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

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