Barney Bipple doesn't heed Miss Merkle's suggestion concerning complicated wishes until it is almost too late.
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This kind of story absolutely charms children. Barney Bipple's neighbor, Miss Minerva Merkle, gives him three magic dandelions as a reward for his return of a lost diamond. She cautions: "Stick to simple wishes." Barney immediately wishes he were eight instead of six; no one recognizes him. He wishes his dog could talk; Snoozer only complains about dog food. He wishes for a long, shiny yellow car, but the police pull him over and then his Mom doesn't even know him. A call to Miss Merkle helps Barney reverse his wishes and steers him toward less complicated magic. The book closes with glimpses of Barney's "simple wishes" for a bike, a baby brother, a frog or a pony. Kellogg's illustrations are humorously detailed and add just the right touch to a funny and thoroughly enjoyable book. Ages 5-9.
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002134357