Tom Willians' first picture book is indelibly stamped with the hallmarks of a read-aloud classic.
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Tom Willans was born in St. Albans, England, in 1975. After attending Verulam School, Tom achieved a B.A. degree in graphics and illustration at Bath University. His first job in publishing was as a designer and paper engineer with David Bennett Books, where he helped create many ingenious pop-up books. He continues to work in publishing and is currently on stage in Two Planks and a Passion, a play by the acclaimed movie director Anthony Minghella. This is Tom's first book for children.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Willans borrows the old campfire chestnut of an endless chain story, adding his own punch line that will tickle the funny bones of many a reader. The book opens with, "Once there was a muskrat sitting quietly in a tree." Along comes a tiger who wants to eat him, but the smaller creature's quick thinking fends off the large orange beast. Muskrat says, "Wait! I want to tell you a story." His repetitive yarn tells of a series of other animals in the same predicament. A frog about to be eaten by a shark tells the tale of a lizard about to be eaten by a snake, etc. Eventually a predator gets wise. " 'I don't want to hear it!' said the spider. And the spider ate the fly." Tiger then steps in to pounce on muskrat. " 'Wait!' shouted the muskrat. 'There's more....'" In the silly denouement, the tiger gets his just deserts. The simple text and energetic, loose-line drawings with watercolor washes proffer a fun read-aloud that's bound to tempt some listeners to share the joke with someone else–perhaps in long succession.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Books For You, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11068987166X
Book Description Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 068987166X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0881810