Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What a Hoofer

Oliver Hardy makes his share of appearances in children’s books. He’s the baker in BRUNDIBAR, and he's three bakers IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN.

He pops up again with Stan Laurel in ONCE UPON A BANANA. He’s a fitting character for a slapstick picture book, and I knew he was a graceful physical comedian. But I didn’t know that he was such an agile dancer.

(And did you know that Gene Deitch of Tom Terrific fame, animated and directed the 1987 cartoon adaptation of Sendak's, In the Night Kitchen?)

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