Readers meet the man from Fandango who pays a visit once every five hundred years, the word-wizard who casts her spell over the Delmonico family, and many other unforgettable characters in this veritable carnival of stories and poems.
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Margaret Mahy lived in New Zealand and was internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children’s writers of her day. She was the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She was also the recipient of an Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she receivd the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-8-- This small collection of original verse and prose is certain to sharpen the wit and produce grins--whether read independently by older readers or aloud to younger ones. Within these outrageous pages, one meets a poetic cat (who says philosophically, "perhaps all this poetry stuff is just the world's way of talking about itself"), punsters, word scramblers, and the unusual Delmonico family--to name a few. On the surface, many of the rhythmic short stories and poems appear to be simply quite nonsensical. But upon closer inspection, this very zaniness masks some sound "food for thought" --providing a springboard for possible group discussions with older readers. There are tones of a Roald Dahl ("Green Marmalade to You") or a Shel Silverstein ("My Sister") sense of humor, but coupled with Blake's spirited line drawings throughout, this is delightfully original bouncing, bantering buffoonery. You can expect "nonstop nonsense" from start to finish with this selection. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, Ohio
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Book Description McElderry Books, New York, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Blake, Quentin (illustrator). First published in Gr Brit by J. M. Dent Ltd. Bookseller Inventory # 4358
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Blake, Quentin (illustrator). First American Edition. First Printing. NEW in FINE jacket. Illustrations by Quentin Blake. Bookseller Inventory # 083618
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1989. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110689504837
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