Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
Juvenile Fiction by David Galef, Illustrated by Tedd Arnold William Morrow & Co. ($16.00, ISBN: 0688133436, 3/1996) When Albert, who is supervising the laying of new railroad track, drops his glasses, things get a little blurry. He has no time to go home for his spare pair. His hard-working crew puts down track through Sally's Pond, around cows that look like boulders, through a barn, and over some pine tree "mountains." Fortunately for Albert, the Mayor loves the wacky ride on the train's inaugural run, and all's well that ends well. This starts with a funny premise, but because readers see, every step of the way, the truth behind Albert's mistakes, the second trip over the track (with the mayor) is a letdown. Arnold uses a looser style than usual, but the broad humor of the illustrations can't carry the piece. (Picture book. 4+) ―Copyright © 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP.