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Chislett, Gail.

Pictures by Barbara Di Leila. Toronto, Annick Press, c1985. unpaged, paper, ISBN 0-920303-20-X (paperbound boards) $12.95, 0-920303-22-6 (paper) $4.95. (Annick Toddler series) CIP

Reviewed by Elizabeth Lockett

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

"There was a crack in the wall above Bram's bed." Every night a little old man would come through the crack and take Bram to "the other place." Sometimes Bram meets a scary witch or a horrible monster. Sometimes the kangaroos give a splendid party with cake and ice cream. When Bram is scared he calls for his mother, and she encourages Bram to get rid of the monster himself. Every morning Bram and the little old man fly home on his magic umbrella and Bram wakes up and yells "Time to eat, Mom?"

The illustrations show Bram as a steeper-clad toddler and his mother as a sleepy tousle-headed woman. The little man is smaller than Bram and very much taller than the partying animals.

This is a simple story for small children but there are other and better books on this theme such as Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Elizabeth Lockett, Niagara Falls, Ont.
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