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Riverboat Crew

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 31st Mar 1979
Dimensions: w 250mm h 250mm
ISBN-10: 0195505719
ISBN-13: 9780195505719
Barcode No: 9780195505719
A steamboat captain and the ship's stoker swap jobs to prove whose job is more important.

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At first glance, it might be John Burningham - the spacious, sunny riverboat scene, the multi-color crosshatching instead of a true wash. But inside is a slip of a one-joke story and crude illustrations as false to the Burningham manner as some of the Sendak take-offs. Captain Bill and Gus the stoker argue about which is the more important man on the steamer - while Chinese cook Sam, a stereotype from the opium-smoking days, smiles inscrutably. But when Captain Bill and Gus switch jobs and come a cropper, there's no breakfast to bolster them. "Who's the most important man aboard this steamer?" "All right Sam, you are." The river is the Murray, so presumably this is bygone Australia - which, unfortunately, doesn't do anything for the book one way or the other. (Kirkus Reviews)