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Cole, Babette.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, 1990.

During a visit to Earth, Cupid discovers that he has the power to make mortals fall in love and proceeds to get into all kinds of naughty mischief.
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"First published in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton Children's Books"--T.p. verso.
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During a visit to Earth, Cupid discovers that he has the power to make mortals fall in love and proceeds to get into all kinds of naughty mischief.

Author Notes

Babette Cole was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands on September 10, 1950. She received a first-class degree and a distinction in animation from Canterbury College of Art in 1973. She got a job in children's television, working on programs including Bagpuss and Jackanory. She also designed greetings cards and illustrated stories by authors such as Joan Tate and Annabel Farjeon.

Her first picture book, Basil Brush of the Yard, was published in 1977. She wrote and illustrated more than 150 children's books including Nungu and the Hippopotamus, Doctor Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg, The Smelly Book, Beware of the Vet, Two of Everything, Hair in Funny Places, and The Trouble with series. Princess Smartypants and Prince Cinders both won the Kate Greenaway medal. She died after a short illness that led to a collapsed lung on January 15, 2017 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Cole turns her outrageous eye on a Roman god, Cupid, but the Romans would never recognize him in this incarnation. Cupid's mom, the goddess of beauty, takes her family to earth so she can enter the Miss World Competition. They try to act like real humans, but Cupid likes to fly around, and after he steals a bow and arrow from a kid playing Indian, Cupid starts shooting people and making them fall in love. He also hits a woman who falls in love with her horse. The adventures get even more farcical when Cupid is kidnapped. If the story sounds off the wall, it is, and so is the absurd art. The cartoon-style watercolors feature such scenes as a moonstruck man marrying his elephant and a line of exercising women being shot in their behinds with arrows. Kids, especially those six, seven, and eight, will think this is wildly funny; some adults may think so, too. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the flippant, whimsical style familiar to Cole aficionados, the story of Cupid encompasses the reader in a world of gods come to earth. The obsession of Cupid's mother with beauty--and beauty pageants--drives the family down to earth so that she can enter the Miss World competition. The celestial couple take up residence on Mount Olympus Avenue and call themselves Mr. and Mrs. Jupiter-Jones. Meanwhile, their fun-loving offspring quickly learns that when his arrows meet their mark, hilarious results seem to follow. So Cupid entertains himself by making all sorts of diverse types fall for each other: two grumps on a park bench embrace passionately, an equestrian becomes engaged to her horse and a couple with enormous noses fall in love even though their lips can never meet. Finally ``some very bad men'' notice that Cupid is the son of Miss World (Cupid's arrows influenced the judges' decision) and kidnap him for ransom. Clever Cupid quickly escapes and makes an exercise class of porcine beauties fall in love with the malefactors. Cole's unique brand of wacky humor is given free reign in this merry romp--not to be confused with Hamilton's Mythology . A lighthearted book perfect for Valentine's Day. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

A tongue-in-cheek story of Cupid's visit to Earth with his parents so that his mother, only identified as goddess of beauty, can enter the Miss World Competition. They call themselves Mr. and Mrs. Jupiter-Jones and rent a house on Mt. Olympus Avenue. Cupid promptly disregards his father's warning to behave like a human and goes flying off to cause trouble. Stealing an ``Indian'' outfit from the boy next door, he discovers that by pinging people with his bow and arrow he can make them fall in love. He is off to promote all manner of improbable romances, including the engagement of a young equestrian to her horse. Exaggerated cartoons capture the outrageousness of the naughty Cupid's antics and may elicit laughs from the five-to-seven year old crowd, who appreciate supreme silliness. A slight and easily skipped spoof. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.