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The Taming of Lola, A Shrew Story
( by Ellen Weiss/ illus. Jerry Smath, Abrams Books $15.99 Score: )

Meet Lola, a bad tempered little shrew who gets her way by misbehaving. Enter Lester, her cousin from the East Meadow and Lola meets her match! While the family watches in disbelief the two cousins are a matched pair. The bad humor between these two has something of a comic edge. In a way, it's the kind of story that kids can live vicariously without getting into trouble. Ultimately the two feisty cousins work out their differences, sort of. The illustrations of the home life of a shrew family is full of details that may tickle or repel. It's fair to say that bugs are a staple of their diets, so this is not a book for the squeamish. However, with all the arguments, it should be great fun to read aloud. As Lola says, "Screaming is relaxing. You should try it sometime."

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