The Great Race
. Walker & Company . NY ,
PZ8.2.O56 Gre 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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When a classic fable meets this hare-brained retelling, the race is on! Kevin O'Malley does have fun with the story. Lever Lapin is the talk of the world, and Nate Tortoise has had enough of it, especially when Lever shows up at a restaurant and gets Nate's table, while Nate has to move to a table near the swinging kitchen door. In the race, Lever stops at the restaurant, La Gaganspew, to chat with reporters and friends. When Nate goes by, Lever cannot get through the crowd. The headline in the paper the next day is Better Nate Than Lever! The art is as much fun as the text. Among the best illustrations are the first: Nate eats his meal at La Gaganspew but has to listen to women at a nearby table extolling Lever's great qualities. A special two-page spread is reserved for Lever's face during his interruption of the race. Gentlemen, it's only five dollars for my autograph. And ladies, please, only one kiss for each of you.