Lucretia Crum is a little monster with big, bad and very nasty habits. She wants a birthday party but all the really big monsters turn up and they're really, really bad! The curing of Lucretia is told through fantastically comical illustrations and a naughty but fun text.
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Babette Cole graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and has been a writer and illustrater ever since. She has produced animated storyboards for the BBC, illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette won The Kurt Maschler Prize for DROP DEAD!. She lives in Lincolnshire with a menagerie of animals.From Publishers Weekly:
Gleeful as ever in her cataloguing of gas-passing, nose-picking and other improprieties, Cole (The Bad Good Manners Book) introduces an almost incorrigible child. Lucretzia Crum, whose flyaway red hair sticks out in messy spikes, "was an uncivilized little monster!" In a montage of obnoxiousness, rendered in gestural gray pencil and blurry pools of watercolor, Lucretzia sloppily devours her treats, curses a cloud of blue squiggles at her parents and throws a tantrum while wearing a frilly pink tutu. Worst of all, her classmates begin to emulate her: "They thought it was dead cool to be a little monster like Lucretzia Crum!" Lucretzia's father, a "mad scientist," devises inventions like "anti-foul-mouth soap" and the "classroom pacifier" (a mini-jail cell that the teacher can lower out the window), but the effects do not last. Finally, the neighborhood adults, disguised as smelly, burpy, destructive monsters (astute readers will notice their eyes peering from inside their costumes), crash Lucretzia's birthday party to demonstrate the shortcomings of monstrous behavior. Cole, who subtitles this volume "The Taming of Lucretzia Crum," empathizes with both tamer and tamee. Lucretzia is absolutely heroic in her rudeness, but she does bully her long-suffering parents and peers. Cole concludes with the adults victorious and Lucretzia "a civilized little angel," but the story doesn't rule out wildness altogether. The parents, like the children, evidently enjoy acting devilish now and then. Ages 4-8. (June)
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