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Volume VII Number 4 . . . . October 20, 2000
Following the pattern of the first Munschworks, the second collection contains five previously
published Munsch authored titles, with this quintet having been originally published between 1982
and 1992. Four of the titles were illustrated by Munsch's principal illustrator, Michael
Martchenko: Pigs, Mortimer, Murmel, Murmel, Murmel and Something Good.
Sandwiched in between is Purple, Green and Yellow which was illustrated by Helene
Desputeaux. As before, the stories' texts remain essentially unchanged, with the only differences
being in paragraphing and the conversion of arabic numerals into words. Paragraphing now
follows the standard convention of a new speaker requiring a new paragraph. The rationale for
the number conversion is unclear, especially when, in Something Good, both "twenty-nine
ninety-five" and $29.95 can be found. The principal illustrations remain the same although both
Something Good and Purple, Green and Yellow contain small character images on some of
the text pages. As was noted in the review of Munschworks: The First Munsch Collection, the
colours of many of the illustrations, when compared with the original 8"x 8" versions, appear
washed out. Unfortunately, the coloured initial letters which were found in the text pages of
Purple, Green and Yellow and which added to the "colour" fun of the story have been deleted.
Nevertheless, the collection's larger 10" x 10" size makes the illustrations more visible during
story times, and the volume's price makes it an excellent buy, especially for newer libraries which
do not own the individual titles.
Dave Jenkinson teaches children's and adolescent literature courses in the Faculty of Education,
University of Manitoba.
Dave Jenkinson teaches children's and adolescent literature courses in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
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