Books: Home-brew

SMALL BEER — Ludwig Bemelmans —Viking ($2.50).

As a Bavarian adolescent Ludwig Bemelmans was known to his family as a Lausbub, or Katzenjammer kid. At 16, when he was shipped to the U. S., his Uncle Hans summed up a last desperate family hope when he anticipated that the cunning Americans would shear Ludwig's pelt, clip his horns. At 41, Bemelmans is a brilliant contradiction of family prophecy—a famed artist, author and illustrator of four children's classics* (Hansi, Quito Express et al.), and of two adult volumes (My War With the United States, Life...

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