by David Small
I was at a Hungarian-themed party, inspired by a musical performance
depicting nine lads who were magically turned into stags. In keeping
with this stag theme, someone brought along this adorable childrens
book, which completely disarmed me from its first page and its
matter-of-fact opening sentence: On Thursday morning Imogene woke up
and found that she had grown antlers.
There was a chuckle on every delightfully illustrated page, and a
belly-laugh at the end, as Imogene and the servants enjoy the antlers
while her family wrings their hands in comical anguish. In a few
brushstrokes, many characters come vividly to life: the snotty little
brother, the hysterical mother, the daffy doctor, the grumpy
schoolteacher, the flamboyant milliner who attempts to design a hat to
cover Imogenes antlers, and even the family pets.
Here is a side-splittingly funny, yet good-natured, story to charm small
children and the adults who love them. I especially enjoyed the fact
that it never attempts to explain the magic in Imogenes life. It
simply, innocently, accepts the weirdness that lives in the childs land
Recommended Age: 4-8
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