Paul Heins

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It is not often that mystery and urban social problems are brought together [as they are in Mystery of the Fat Cat ]…. Surprisingly, the mystery is solved by Buddy's mentally retarded brother Ralphie. [Bonham] has blended characters and plot so well that the reader thinks only incidentally of the...

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It is not often that mystery and urban social problems are brought together [as they are in Mystery of the Fat Cat]…. Surprisingly, the mystery is solved by Buddy's mentally retarded brother Ralphie. [Bonham] has blended characters and plot so well that the reader thinks only incidentally of the boys as Negroes, although a powerful contrast is developed in the persons of Mr. Hannibal, the Boys Club director, who looks like an African delegate to the U.N.; and Shriker, the scheming Negro chauffeur…. A simple but uncondescending style and a judicious use of colloquialisms give immediacy to the problems of the underprivileged without undermining the basic plot. (pp. 426-27)

Paul Heins, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1968 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), August, 1968.

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