The Big Orange SplotDaniel Marcus Pinkwater, 1977
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"And it looks like all my dreams".This is a most wonderful book indeed!! (I particularly enjoyed it when Mr Plumbeam brought home the alligator).
Daniel Manus Pinkwater is a freak'n genius. I'm going to make sure my son reads all his books.
I still have my copy from childhood. It's too good to get rid of.
and pretty girls and steam-shovels, of course!