A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of TearsA Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, that’s done.

This is a children’s chapter book with a lot of fun illustrations.

BUT… This fairytale should have been given to kids a couple centuries ago. I can’t imagine reading it to my boys back in the 1970’s without surrounding it with a lot of plays of the video or album of Free to be You and Me. It is male heavy with the females in lowly roles of being rescued and put in their places as wives and mothers. So, I wouldn’t have read it to my daughter in the 1980’s. As adults, I might share this with them to giggle at. But that is all.

Though the font was large enough for my eyes, the pages were long and the spaces between lines not as wide as I’d like.

The humor is what saved the book. Even though it was annoying at the first of the book it does settle into something one can handle later.

This is a bookCrossing book BCID 415-5548271. Thank you to my BC friends for letting me keep it so long and letting me read it. Now I will pass it on to others.

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