Children's Literature - Ken MarantzWhen Norman and his parents vacation at a safari park, he has an amazing adventure. One night during a terrible storm, pairs of animals begin to arrive to take shelter in his hut. At first there is enough room, but by the time the hippos arrive it becomes overcrowded. All the animals end up making a terrible mess, of course. When they leave in the morning, Norman tries to clean up, in vain. Since he always tells the truth, he tries to explain to his parents, but they of course don't believe him. They may eventually, however, when the animals all arrive for a visit, since Norman, who always tells the truth, has given them his address. The slyly humorous fantasy hardly needs the few words of text. The watercolor drawings that flood the double pages with unnaturally friendly animals surely remind us of another rainstorm and flood and another cramped cabin. Foreman has obviously enjoyed depicting the resulting mayhem, up to and including the smell the skunks left in the bathroom, as well as the stereotypical adults dressed in their safari clothing.
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