The Cat Who Wore a Pot on Her Head, by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler. Illustrated by Richard E. Martin (Scholastic, $1.95. Ages 4-7). Bendemolena, a young member of an enormous and boisterous feline household, one day puts a pot on her head and is delighted to find that it muffles all the noise around her. The pot also makes it impossible for Bendemolena to understand anything said to her. The ludicrous results will delight any child with a taste for nonsense.
The Triumphs of Fuzzy Fogtop by Anne Rose. Pictures by Tomie de Paola (Dial, $2.95. Ages 4-8). Fuzzy is a Russian peasant, and he hasn't the foggiest! In these three sketches of Fuzzy's typical foggy exploits, he loses his clothes, then himself; thinks he's traveled by train to a neighborhing town when he's only taken a nap and never left his own village and, finally, meets a stranger in the park and thinks he's an old friend. Tomie de Paola's drawings portray Fuzzy as just what he sounds like--a good-natured, roundish gent with a very fuzzy head of hair.
I Can Dance, by Brian Bullard and David Charlsen (Perigree, $5.95. Ages 6-11) and Our Ballet Class, by Stephanie Riva Sorine (Knopf, $4.95. Ages 6-11). Two books on ballet for children. The first, I Can Dance is a how-to book, which clearly demonstrates in pictures and text most of the steps and exercises used in beginning classes. Our Ballet Class is a profile in photographs of a ballet class--five little 5-year-old girls, of varying shapes and abilities, all in tutus. Unfortunately it, unlike I Can Dance ignores the fact that boys take ballet too.
Haunt Fox, by Jim Kjelgaard (Bantam- Skylark, $1.75. Ages 8-12). In the traditiion of his classic Big Red Kjelgaard's Haunt Fox chronicles the world of a child, his dog and the natural world of the woods. Haunt Fox, whose name is based on his reputation as the county's most daring poultry thief, narrates the story. And he gives it special excitement, since it is the story of a hunt, and he is the quarry.
Justice and Her Brothers, Dustland, and The Gathering, all by Virginia Hamilton (Avon, $1.95 each. Ages 12 and up). This trilogy known as "The Justice Cycle," about twin brothers, their sister and a friend, is full of strange and fantastic settings on earth and elsewhere. Justice, her brothers Levi and Thomas, and Dorian--calling themselves the unit--are bound together by powers of telepathy and time travel. Transporting themselves, almost as one personality with all its benign and malevolent facets, to the future world of "Dustland" they live out adventures and make discoveries which finally have implications for all mankind.
Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson (Avon Flare, $1.95. Ages 12 and up). The Newbery Medal-winning story of a girl growing up on a tiny island in the Chesapeake Bay, in the shadows of her more accomplished and more admired twin sister.
The Masquerade, by Susan Shreve (Laurel Leaf/Dell, $1.95. Ages 12 and up). The children of an affluent family try to carry on when their father is charged with embezzlement and their mother has a nervous breakdown.
The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg; The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, illustrated by Kyuzo Tsugami; Arabian Nights, illustrated by Earle Goodenow; Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Fritz Kredel (Scribners, $4.95 each. All ages). The illustrations are obviously what make these volumes, part of the famous Scribners Illustrated Junior Library, so distinctive. The artists, originally commissioned for cloth editions, are among the most distinguished printmakers, water- colorists and designers of the century. These paperbacks, about the same size as the out-of- print hardcovers, should bring back childhood memories for many a parent.