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Presents a collection of extraordinary tales that include a dead woman seeking revenge from beyond the grave, a New York poet with a talking dog, and a cat obsessed with the news
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Grade 4-6 Although the setting of these 11 short stories moves between New York, London and Paris, the real locale is Aiken country where a baker makes cakes for the wind, a rare bird is saved from extinction and a rainbow makes itself comfortable in a small house in a "rather wild part of London." Life is hard in Aiken's world, but greed, a frequent phenomenon, is thwarted and goodness triumphs. A blind and despairing grandmother recovers her gift of second sight through a grandson's love, and a witch woman's revenge turns sour. The cleverness and wit of "Miss Hooting's Legacy" and the romanticism of "The Gift Giving" are paired with the starkness and wonder of "The Fire Dogs" and "Potter's Gray." "The Missing Heir" is a contemporary version of The King of the Cats. Sometimes whimsy takes over and dissipates the impact of a tale, such as the leisurely "The Dog on the Roof" and "Up the Chimney Down" in which a twin, Clove, rescues her sister Cinnamon from the clutches of an evil and greedy witch. If some stories are more tightly plotted than others, no matter. Aiken's ability to write so that one can see, hear and even taste is consistent and welcome. Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001807270
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Good. VINTAGE Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0002485836
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1984. Condition: Good. 1st U.S.. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP11795840
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. 1st U.S.. Seller Inventory # SONG0224021982
Book Description London: Jonathan Cape:, 1984. 1st edn of this collection. Pat Marriott illustrations. VG+ in near VG+ dw (v. slight distortion of one corner), not price-clipped. Seller Inventory # 25883
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Pat Marriott (illustrator). First Edition. This is a Near Fine Copy of this Book in a Near Fine Dust-Jacket which has NO chips or tears to the outer edges of the dust-jacket.Not price clipped and this copy has NO previous ownership inscriptions present.It remains a nice clean copy internally with no foxing and is illustrated in b&w by Pat Marriott.8vo 268pp First Edition 1st Impression. Seller Inventory # 63259
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1984. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Marriott, Pat (illustrator). First edition.. 1st 1984. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. A collection of short stories ranging from the macabre to the hilarious, from fairy tale to technology. Brown boards, gilt title to spine. B/w illustrations. Spine bumped and has light vertical crease. Faint mark to page 127, mainly to margin. Light foxing to text block. Dustwrapper is edge worn and slightly grubby, spine a little faded. [R]. Seller Inventory # 1507424
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st U.S.. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0224021982