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Helen Levchuk. Illustrated by John Bianchi.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood, 1985.
unpaged, paper, $6.95.
ISBN 0-88899-044-8. CIP.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7

Reviewed by Brenda Watson.

Volume 14 Number 2
1986 March

The Dingles family has Doris, a red-haired grandmotherly type, and three cats for members. Donna is a snobby Siamese, DeeDee an orange-striped investigator, and Dayoh an all-round good guy, who spends his time digging to China. One afternoon, just as they are about to have catmint tea, a big wind arises. The story tells how Doris saves them all from the ensuing storm and how they spend a comfy evening recovering.

This could be the first of many adventures for the Dingles. They are a delightful, loving foursome. John Bianchi's illustrations do much to enrich the story with character and comedy. Cartoon-like drawings are brightly coloured and have an abundance of detail. Corpulent Doris, with her ever-changing mop-top, crinkly red hair, glasses perched atop an overlarge nose, asleep,open-mouthed,snoring, in the bathtub, or in a nightcap, will be a favourite. A paperback, the book has a sturdy, glossy cover with heavy-weight paper for the pages. Pre-schoolers will love this funny story for read-to-me sessions and independent browsing.


Brenda Watson, Victoria, BC.
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