From the whimsical world of Steig!
When Quantz stops to pet a big red dog, what does he get for his efforts? FLEAS! And those fleas are itchy! So he trades them for a talking uncle, but that uncle just talks too much, so Quantz is happy to give him up for a huge wheel of limburger cheese. But that cheese is too heavy, so he trades it for a beat up banjo . . . then an auburn wig . . . a tiny pet rabbit . . . a dried up bone . . . and finally a big red dogwho becomes a fast friend.
This wonderfully Steigish tall tale concludes with a flea circus you'll never forget! With whimsical, retro illustrations and a hilarious text, Fleasis a book children will be itching to hear again and again!
Steig's (A Handful of Beans) shaggy dog story, like the swapping stories found in folk or fairy tales, takes readers on a hilarious journey with a farmer named Quantz. "Patta pim, patta pum, the day has begun," says Quantz. "Pitta pom, pitta poshthere's a dog in the squash!" Although the constantly changing nonsense expressions can seem intrusive, the story is pure fun: Quantz ingeniously trades the fleas which he gets from the dog for an uncle who never stops talking, the uncle for a huge Limburger cheese, and so on until he ends up with the now flea-free red dog at a flea circus frequented by all the characters who have gone before. In Spencer's (Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt) capable hands, the intrepid hero looks like Ichabod Crane, and part of the joy is in seeing each new outlandish personage. Although the narrative tension stems from readers' attempts to anticipate just how Quantz will get rid of the next useless itembe it a red wig, a rabbit or a bare bonethe true magic emanates from Quantz himself, who looks for a "barrel of fun" and finds it. Ages 3-up. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.