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Wallace P. Flynn loves smelly cheeses so much that his family leaves him, his dog and cats can't stand to be ...
Wallace P. Flynn loves smelly cheeses so much that his family leaves him, his dog and cats can't stand to be around him, and even the skunks have to move.
Wilsdorf's antic and lively drawings are a perfect accompaniment to a story peopled with eccentrics who shoot butterscotch custard and sticky buns out of cannons and relatives who run off to Arkansas ("which has a Halitosis Law"). The rhymes are unexpected and clever: "Guccis" with "blue cheese," "overseas" with "jujubes," and the hero declaims, "From now on, this shall be my goal: a/ Life of zero Gorgonzola." The slapstick comedy and outlandish plot notwithstanding, the inconsistent meter and constantly changing rhyme scheme sometimes sound like a weak imitation of Dr. Seuss. Still, Keillor's fans know that a book whose hero buys his best cheese at "Easy Ed's Used Cheese Market" will, like "a nice sharp cheddar/ [make them] feel a whole lot better!" All ages. (May)
The cheery cheesehead capers giddily through the energetically drawn and brushed watercolors of Wilsdorf (Princess, 1993), as comic expressions of dismay on surrounding people and animals change to pleased smiles after Flynn's reformation. Using, it seems, every conceivable rhyme scheme, Keillor sacrifices smoothness of reading and stretches the text a bit further than it needs to go, but his gift for Ogden Nash style rhymes will have readers rolling in the aisles: "From now on this shall be my goal: a/Life of zero Gorgonzola."