From School Library Journal
Grade 1-6. The venerable Steve Allen has put out a cassette that is so preachy, so dense, and which has such a muddled sense of purpose that it is hard to imagine a context in which it can be used. The story, featuring characters played by Allen and Jayne Meadows, starts out as a cautionary tale against intolerance. Allen then takes us into a complex explanation of the workings of the human brain in a wildly circuitous attempt to show that prejudice is learned behavior. His story is told entirely from the viewpoint of an adult, and characters reflect adult attitudes. For example, if the purpose is to teach children tolerance, why does he introduce the word "wop," a racial epithet that many children may not have heard? Though the tape is recommended for 6-12 year olds, the vocabulary and material are beyond the average kindergartener, what passes for a plot moves too fast, the characters are sketchily drawn at best, and the length is daunting. The few forgettable songs (played in a style reminiscent of Bill Murray at his lounge lizard tackiest) won't appeal to children of any age. Pass on this one.Peggy J. Latkovich, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH
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Gullible is an easy target for enemy Invalid Argument: he's likeable and easily led and lacks reasoning powers. Parents may use this pointed allegory to teach kids ages 6-12 of the dangers of following others. -- Midwest Book Review