• Title: Burnt Toast on Davenport Street
  • Author: Tim Egan
  • Released: 2001-03-26
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 0618111212
  • ASIN: B009F7190E
From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 3. Arthur Crandall's life turns topsy-turvy when a bumbling fly offers to grant three wishes and the urbane canine gives flip responses. Deadpan delivery, with droll watercolors that suit the tale to a tee.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Ages 5^-7. Egan is one of the most interesting author-illustrators around, always trying something new and quirky. This time, the story is about a dog couple, Arthur and Stella Crandall. Arthur keeps burning the toast, so when an annoying fly tells Arthur he will grant him three wishes if he puts down the fly swatter, Arthur wishes for a new toaster, for the nasty crocodiles on the corner to turn into squirrels, and for a trip to a tropical island where the natives sing and dance all day. Well, the fly doesn't get it quite right. The toaster turns into a squirrel, and the crocs turn into toasters, but the natives sing and dance ad nauseam on the tropical island. Happily, magic brings the couple back home again, where they are able to enjoy their new toaster (formerly a crocodile). There's nothing predictable here, either in the meticulously rendered watercolor art with its deco edge or in the hilarious story. Some of this has an adult feel, but it hits its target audience, too. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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