Katherine Tegan Books
Mucumber McGee is feeling a little peckish. Alas, there is nothing in the house to eat! He scours the pantry and looks through every cupboard – all of them bare. Luckily, the icebox holds a great surprise! Tucked in the very back is one single, solitary raw hotdog. Mucumber snarfs down half of the hotdog before his sister arrives with terrible news. “Don’t you know, Mucumber, that hotdogs are made of meat? And fleshy meat that is not cooked is deadly bad to eat!”
As his sister explains, Poor Mucumber is destined to die. She even has a diagram to illustrate the effects of eating a raw tube steak: innards + bacterium + the theory of relativity = death! It’s all over for Mucumber. He’s toast! There’s nothing to do but go to his room and wait for the end. Luckily, Mucumber’s mother is much wiser than his sister and all’s well that ends well. Of course, all is even better that ends in a great feast for a very hungry boy!
This is a simple tale of hunger and the power of suggestion illustrated in a delightfully dark and slightly sinister style. Loehr mixes his own delightful style with one part Edward Gorey, one part Addams Family, and one part hotdog and comes up with a delicious tale!