The Maggie B

The Maggie B

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 200 x 200mm
  • HarperCollins Distribution Services
  • United Kingdom
  • Col.ill.
  • 0006616372
  • 9780006616375

Review Text

It's impossible not to be beguiled when Margaret Barnstable's bedtime wish "for a ship/ Named after me" is rewarded by the snug and dreamy Maggie B., its deck covered with a lush tropical garden complete with toucan and its homey cabin furnished in warm shades of rose, orange and blue. Feminists - and those who simply harbor a more expansive notion of what constitutes a good time - will inevitably be disappointed that Margaret's adventure at sea consists almost entirely of cleaning and scrubbing ("with a joyful hustle-bustle"), teaching counting rhymes to her baby brother James, and preparing meals - cooking lobster stew, baking muffins, fixing peaches with cinnamon and honey. Yes, Margaret does weather a storm, but after a minute or two all is "safe and secure." The extended idyll might just become suffocating, but Haas' gently precise, sun-drenched watercolors are so full of movement and piquant detail that one happily bathes in the glow of fanciful contentment. (Kirkus Reviews)show more