166 - Murmel, Murmel, Murmel - children's book review

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Murmel, Murmel, Murmel was written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was published by Annick Press in 1982.

Robin (young girl) is in her sandbox. She notices a hole and yells, “ANYBODY DOWN THERE?” Well, there’s a little baby down there that says “Murmel, murmel, murmel.” Robin decides to take the child around town and asks various people whether they would want to adopt the child. Eventually someone takes the child... and leaves something behind.

Murmel, Murmel, Murmel is actually a pretty whacky story. For some reason the author uses the number seventeen... one woman has seventeen diaper salesmen chasing her... another woman has seventeen cats. Someone explain the logic of this to me.

At the end, the baby is adopted by a truck driver who already has seventeen trucks (he gives leaves the truck that he is driving to Robin). Umm...

All of the characters that are introduced to the baby (with the exception of the truck driver) tend to be on the selfish side, only being concerned with their own lives. I’m guessing the author is trying to say something with this.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was published in 1982 and has a sticker on the front of the book saying “CLASSIC”... 

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