Book #217: Corgiville Fair

Corgiville Fair -- coverYesterday was Vintage Friday, but somehow I forgot and ended up writing about this new publication. What can I tell you, meticulous blogging is not my strong suit. This Book-A-Day thing has lately been something of a Book-A-Week Thing.  Bear with me. At times I just can’t get to the computer and you just have to trust that we are reading A Book A Day.  Keep checking back.  I will write about them all.

Anyway, let’s just make Vintage Friday today, which is Saturday.  I’d actually been saving Corgiville Fair for yesterday and then promptly forgot after a long day of vacuuming rice from the kitchen tiles. Dry rice. The twins love it when I come home from the health food store with bulk goods.

The more I read about Tasha Tudor the more obsessed I get. She might have been a little bit crazy, what with the obsession with living her life as if it were the 1830s and allegedly not allowing any woman to wear jeans into her house. But her illustrations! They’re so detailed and intricate and lovely, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter and those other giants who left nary an anthropomorphized animal without his lovely sweater. Tudor’s stories might take a little coaxing — a lot of kids resist her old-fashioned writing style and homage to simpler living — but if you take the time your child will be charmed, I promise.

Here’s the skinny: In Corgiville Fair, a corgy, Caleb, finds trouble at the yearly fair when Edgar Tomcat undermines Caleb’s hopes of winning the goat race with his spirited pet, Josephine. The book contains a detailed storyline involving Tomcat’s evil plot to ensure that his own goat wins the race. Caleb eventually wins with the help of a Boggart, some kind of troll that Tudor explains comes from Sweden. Not this particular troll, but all trolls, come from Sweden, you see. Confused yet? I tell you, this is a strange little story. The Boggart helps Caleb’s goat win the race by feeding her an armful of rockets, which my son thought was fascinating and entertaining.  There are four types of characters at this fair, by the way — dogs, cats, bunnies, and the weird troll-like things called Boggarts.  Here’s what they look like.  They do stand out among the animals.

Corgiville Fair -- Bogey

A Boggart

You can read my other discussion of a Tasha Tudor book here.  I know just enough about this author to know that I’ll never know too much.  ABZ

Corgiville Fair -- wheelbarrow

 

Corgiville Fair -- covered wagons

 

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