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These curious, entertaining stories are sometimes sharp, sometimes creepy, often clever manipulations of the totally bizarre and the real. In "The Velvet Throne", a man becomes locked in a public toilet where the graffiti starts to come true; and "Sloppy Jalopy" finds a young man suddenly turned into a magnet for garbage. Stories to keep young readers laughing, shuddering and reading.
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Paul Jennings worked as a special-education teacher before becoming a full-time writer. He has been voted 'favourite author' by children in Australia over forty times and has won every children's choice award in Australia. His books, including Undone!, Unreal! and Tongue-Tied! are hugely popular and he has sold more than 6.7 million books worldwide.From Kirkus Reviews:
From a popular Australian writer, nine more stories in a follow-up to Uncanny! and Unreal! (both 1991). In ``Birdman,'' a scrofulous magic headpiece forces a bully to plunge his face into dung; Mr. Simpkin is trapped on ``The Velvet Throne'' in a public loo where graffiti comes true; ``Little Squirt'' finally wins a certain contest in the school restroom: ``Sam...blows his top. He hits the roof. But not in the same way that I do.'' Now and then, Jennings gets away from alimentary humor for effects macabre (a teenager compounding disasters when a magic ``Harmonica'' gets stuck in her mouth) and even tender (a clumsy ``Cry Baby'' helps his Grandpop find the elusive Water-Holding Frog). Broad plots, surprise endings, unsubtle humor, and just deserts all `round. (Short Stories. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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