________________ CM . . . . Volume IV Number 16 . . . . April 10, 1998

cover The Krazees.

Sam Swope. Illustrated by Eric Brace.
New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre), 1997.
27 pp., hardcover, $21.50.
ISBN 0-374-34281-4.

Subject Headings:
Stories in rhyme.
Humourous stories.

Kindergarten - grade 3/ Ages 5 - 8.
Review by Shannon Nesdoly.

** /4


Do you ever get the Krazees?
Do they make your razzle tig?
Do they frazzle your bombazzle till you shilly up your shig?
Do they biggle your bumdiggle?
Do they make you wiggle red?
Do you ever feel like Iggie getting Krazees in your head?
image One dull rainy day when the rain goes "plipple plopple" all day long, Iggie gets the Krazees in her head and in her house. The creatures create havoc, messing up the bathroom, the living room, and everything in between. The Krazees throw food, topple tables, swallow books, and one even eats the telephone. Written entirely in verse, the story is lively and playful. Nonsensical words, which can trip the tongue of a reader, only add to the fun, and the rhythm begs to be read aloud. Fast paced and humorous, the Krazees disappear as quickly as they appear, bringing the reader to a satisfying conclusion.

      The illustrations demonstrate Iggie's moods, ranging from boredom to rambunctious to frustration. Iggie goes from drumming her fingers to pogo sticking through the room. When Iggie begins pulling at her braids in frustration, the Krazees appear. Unfortunately, sharp teeth and bulging eyes make the Krazees more monster like than crazy. The Krazees are enjoying themselves though, and their rambunctious antics start with their destroying the book's back cover. A cross between realism and cartoon, the slightly muted colours reflect Iggie's moods, and, for example, brighten when a smiling Iggie bounds into the sunshine. With her large head and tiny eyes, Iggie herself is a caricature, as is her faithful pet cat. The Krazees come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes, and even a variety of patterns - everything from checks to polka dots. Although minor, problems which may have originated during printing create ghosting on two of the illustrations and detract slightly from Iggie's playful romp at the end.

      Sam Swope teaches creative writing to children in Queens, New York, and is the author of The Araboolies of Liberty Street. Eric Brace illustrates cards and books as well as being a sculptor.

Recommended with reservations.

An aspiring author, Shannon Nesdoly is both a mother of two toddlers and a B.Ed. student at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.

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