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The award-winning Ahlbergs take a clever look at some popular expressions. Stories about a real Clothes Horse, a woman who saves parts of her life for a rainy day, a trip to No Man's Land, and a Night Train that really can deliver the night are sure to delight young readers. Full-color illustrations.
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Each of the six shaggy-dog stories in this collection provides a literal interpretation of an everyday expression. In "The Clothes Horse," a magician creates an equine from old garments; the creature ends up on the vaudeville stage. A giant tosses troublesome boys of a certain moniker into a container in "The Jack Pot"; a woman hoards moments from her early years in "Life Savings"; and so on. While the initial concept may appeal to the literal-mindedness of children and their fondness for wordplay, the stories themselves are somewhat disappointing. Their silliness seems strained and arbitrary rather than genuinely funny, with adult undertones instead of a truly childlike perspective; and the chatty narrative voice begins to seem intrusive, even fey. In format, the collection falls somewhere between picture book and middle-reader. Full-color pictures decorate, rather than illustrate, the text; but these contain all the charm, humor and liveliness for which this husband-and-wife team (The Jolly Postman, The Baby's Catalogue, Peek-a-Boo, etc.) is renowned. Ages 5-9.
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110670812676
Book Description Viking Children's Books, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Published In 1987 : 1st. Edition : Viking Kestrel Books : Tiny Line Bump To The Back Of The Dust Wrapper : Otherwise , As New Throughout : Crisp & Tight , With No Inscriptions : Good Solid Binding With Bright Clear Text & Illustrations : Overall, A Very Nice Children's Book : Seller Inventory # 12 - 19134
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0670812676