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Review of ‘Duckworth, the Difficult Child’

A direct descendant of Maurice Sendak’s Pierre, Michael Sussman’s Duckworth, the Difficult Child tells the story of a boy swallowed by a massive cobra. The book’s memorable opening line sets the stage for readers, just before we see the snake slide out of the boy’s wardrobe: “Duckworth was building a castle out of toothpicks…

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