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Punch in New York

Punch in New York

by Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen

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When puppeteer Professore Tucci-Piccini arrives in New York with the cast of his Punch and Judy show his star performer is kidnapped.


When puppeteer Professore Tucci-Piccini arrives in New York with the cast of his Punch and Judy show his star performer is kidnapped.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Provensen's talented hands, the unlovable Punch is skillfully resurrected for a generation perhaps unfamiliar with his dastardly deeds. Brought to New York City in the suitcase of Il Professore Tucci-Piccini, Punch is immediately stolen by a thief hoping to snatch a valise full of money. The worthless bag is soon discarded, and Mr. Punch finds himself alone on the streets of the Big Apple. True to form, the conniving marionette outsmarts policemen, muggers and a chauffeur to land himself a job with ``the Richest Man in the World'' before reuniting with Judy, the Baby, the Hangman and the others. The jaunty text brims with mischief and Provensen's distinctively detailed illustrations are rendered in the bright, buoyant colors of puppetry. Her Manhattan is a suitably kinetic metropolis of limos, hot dog stands and countless skyscrapers, many of which bear the au courant designation Helmstrump. Happily, Provensen's Punch is not nearly as nasty as the character she describes in her ``Note on Punch'' at the end; here, he seems no more harmful than a cartoon villain. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- At last, Mr. Punch makes his long-overdue arrival in the New World! Stolen before he can even leave Kennedy Airport, the plucky puppet uses his wits, quick feet, and an occasional wallop from his trusty club to steal food, escape muggers, and land a job chauffering Harry Helmstrump, the richest man in the world. In the end, Punch rejoins Judy and the rest of the troupe for Sunday performances in Central Park; weekdays, they all work for Helmstrump--``and they rip him off good.'' Provensen stresses Punch's historical wickedness heavily in an explanatory note, but tones him down in the story; he's not abusive to his family at all, and the punishment he metes out to others is well deserved. In the large painted illustrations, Provensen combines costumes, cars, and buildings from several eras to create a crowded but clean-lined cityscape in her characteristic antique style. A brief but lively tribute to an old, rough-and-tumble school of theater. --John Peters, New York Public Library

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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