Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Judge: An Untrue Tale

The Judge: An Untrue Tale

Fall 1988 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
By: Margot Zemach
By: Harve Zemach
ISBN: 0374439621
Hardcover Price: $17.00
Paperback Price: $6.95
Any book that uses the epithet "Ninnyhammer" has something going for it. But this superb book, so suited for classroom dramatization, won its Caldecott Honor medal not for the humorous verse, but for Margot Zemach's hilariously spasmodic illustrations. One daffy, disreputable character after another, ranting about a great growling hairy beast, is hauled before the judge. He has each of the hysterics locked up, until, last page, with slyly elliptical pictorial reference to Revelation, the great, winged, horned, feathered beast makes believers of us all.
Peter Neumeyer   ©1988 Parents' Choice

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