The Darling Boys

The Darling Boys

by Mary-Claire Helldorfer, Megan Halsey

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A version of the old ballad ``Get Up and Bar the Door,'' set in a bakery, where a widow and her three children struggle to earn a living. Her ``darling boys,'' Swindle and Gyp, stay home and bake the bread while the widow and her clever daughter, Vi, take it to market. The boys are always arguing, and one day make a pact that the first one to speak must lock the door. Naturally, the boys get their comeuppance, courtesy of their sister, who disguises herself and takes their hidden gold, then sets herself up in the next town as a baker. This convoluted retelling of a folktale that is satisfying in its traditional form is disconcerting; Go and Shut the Door (Dial, 1971; o.p.) by Langner is more suitable, with a fitting end that points out the absurdity of quarreling carried too far. The adequate pen, ink, and watercolor pictures do not convey either lightheartedness or humor, and underline the fact that no one in the story is very admirable or likable. Vi as the robber actually looks quite sinister and scary. Stick to the other variations that follow the established pattern, and pass this one by.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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1st American ed
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5 - 8 Years

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