K-Gr 3Mr. Worst is back again in all his grumpy glory. Fall has come, and with it the town's Harvest Festival that is to take place in the empty lot next to his house. He is coerced into providing his yard for parking. As the preparations for the festival begin, he decides he cannot take the noise, so he heads for Florida. He comes across a remote motel that appears to be rarely occupied, and the irritable owner rents him a room for the night. The following morning, the inn-keeper and the worst discover that they have a lot in commonin fact, they are brothers. Once again, Stevenson's dry wit and watercolor-and-pen cartoon sketches pair up to make a winner.Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
Stevenson fans will cheer the return of that comic curmudgeon, the worst. His latest misadventure begins when he's caught dumping trash in a public field. Faced with a $500 fine, he grudgingly agrees to let the town use his property for its Harvest Festival. Soon the antisocial grouch is overrun with polka bands, hog callers, and an intolerable spirit of fun. He jumps into his '59 Edsel and heads for the Florida swamps, where he meets his match in a misanthrope who turns out to be his long-lost brother. The worst returns home feeling strangely more sociable and even sends a painted coconut to the festival craft show. The tale's pattern will be familiar to Stevenson's following, but that in no way detracts from the fun. The pen-and-watercolor drawings are as energetically droll as ever,.