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. Volume XVI Number 4. . . .September 18, 2009
Jacob, who is two plus two plus two years old, feels left out of all of his older siblings’ activities, not to mention his being ignored by adults. After being humiliated by a grocer while running an errand, Jacob dreams that he is arrested for mocking the grocer and sent to the horrific Children’s Prison led by the frightening Hooded Fang. His only hope is to be rescued by Child Power – his brother and sister – by enlisting the help of the demoralized inmates. The rescue almost fails until Jacob is able to prove that the Hooded Fang is really a child at heart himself.
This is a reissue of Richler’s now classic 1975 tale which has spawned two sequels and a TV series, not to mention a third sequel soon to be written by the talented Cary Fagan. It features new illustrations by Dušan Petriši'c which thankfully avoid trying to “update” the book’s image and instead concentrate on classic depictions of a monster and a frightened, but not quite helpless, child.
Todd Kyle, a former President of the Canadian Association of Children’s Librarians, is currently a library branch manager in Mississauga, ON.
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