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Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble

Root, Phyllis

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ISBN 10: 074454002X / ISBN 13: 9780744540024
Published by Walker, London, 1996
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Magical trickster tale about a woman farmer and her adversary, Old Man Trouble. Bookseller Inventory # 4176

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Title: Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble

Publisher: Walker, London

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Parkins, David

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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Old Man Trouble can really cause a stir in a household and turn things upside down for Aunt Nancy, but being more clever than he is, she can turn his bad doings into good situations, bringing defeat to Old Man Trouble's mischievous ways.

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A quick-witted country woman uses reverse psychology to ward off a Mephistophelean visitor in this sprightly original folktale. Aunt Nancy is having one of those days: it's barely sunup and her spring has gone dry and she's lost her "good luck three-legged wooden buffalo nickel." Such misfortune must mean Old Man Trouble is nearby, and before long the Old Man?irritation personified?knocks on Aunt Nancy's log cabin door. The arrogant Mr. Trouble, hell-bent on making matters miserable, gets his comeuppance when sweet Aunt Nancy methodically tricks him into refurbishing her water supply. Root's (Sam, Who Was Swallowed by a Shark) yarn-spinning talents shine here, in a text laced with a mountain-folk vernacular. Such down-home phrases as "Seat yourself and stay a spell," or "faster than a firecracker on the Fourth of July" add color and warmth. Parkins's (Sophie's Tom) sinister depiction of Old Man Trouble, with his row of crocodile-like teeth exposed through a black beard and needle-sharp nose, gives the story a bit of dastardly suspense. Expressive black-and-white silhouettes of the characters decorate each page of text, an inviting design element that complements Parkins's full-color, darkly hued oil paintings on the facing pages. Ages 5-8.
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