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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Won't Pick Up Toys Cure, adapted from the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald, illustrated by Bruce Whatley; HarperCollins, $12.95 -- Whatley is a wonderful illustrator and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is always amusing, but this is the latest in a silly new publishing trend of converting classic books for young readers into easier-to-read picture books for younger readers. (The same has been done to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series.) Even very young children are capable of sitting still for a good story, so why not buy the original and read it aloud to your child instead? Or save the treat until they're old enough to read it themselves? And why recycle Mrs. Piggle Wiggle anyway, when MacDonald's wonderful "Nancy and Plum," the story of orphaned sisters living at a boarding house with cruel Mrs. Monday and her awful niece Marybelle Whistle, has been out of print for years? -- Jean Westmoore

The Hollow-Eyed Angel, by Janwillem van de Wetering; Soho, $12 -- This Dutch treat, featuring Amsterdam policemen Grijpstra and DeGrier, is a satisfying addition to the author's Zen mysteries. A nightmare about a skull superimposed on the image of a sexy Amsterdam streetcar operator figures in the probe of a corpse found in Central Park.

The Tailor of Panama, by John le Carre; Ballantine, $6.99 -- An ingenious, somber novel about a Walter Mittyish garment maker in Panama City whose exploits and imaginary experiences confound espionage services of the super powers. -- Ed Kelly

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