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Gonna Roll The Bones * S I G N E D *

Leiber, Fritz; Adapted by Sarah Thomson; Illustrated AND SIGNED by DAVID WIESNER

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ISBN 10: 0689035918 / ISBN 13: 9780689035913
Published by Milk and Cookies Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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STATED FIRST Edition, FIRST Printing, with publishers full number line present.* SIGNED * by Wiesner on title page. A fresh, clean, perfect volume in same condition UNclipped dust jacket. Illustrated black book boards are mirrored in dust jacket. Unpaginated. A true FIRST/FIRST. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000534

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Title: Gonna Roll The Bones * S I G N E D *

Publisher: Milk and Cookies Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Joe Slattermill is about to experience a night he'll never forget. Tired of his decrepit house, he leaves his wife and mother behind and sets out for a night at The Boneyard. Joe has a knack for dice throwing and figures he can take on any opponent. But can he win when the stakes are raised, and it's his life he's gambling for? A classic fable in the tradition of "The Devil and Daniel Webster."

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Grade 6 Up–Joe Slattermill is a gambling man who has an uncanny encounter with the Big Gambler in his town's new gaming parlor, The Boneyard. Leiber's fantasy novelette, greatly reduced and lightened in this picture-book adaptation, won the 1967 Nebula Award and the 1968 Hugo Award. Wiesner's sometimes smudgy pencil drawings on browned acrylic have the faded look of very long ago, though the text notes that "Far in the distance, Joe could see a faint glow of gas flares and blue lights and neon pink tubes, all jeering at the stars where the spaceships flew." Joe's attempt to out-gamble the Grim Reaper-type figure is both spooky and somewhat predictable. He loses his soul in a wager with the Big Gambler, and after a final physical skirmish, the skeletal figure crumbles and all turns to dust as though it had been but a dream. Yet, there's an intentionally nebulous and open-ended conclusion. The somber pictures sometimes have suggestive shapes and details, mixing light and dark, indistinct areas contrasting with more clearly drawn figures. The bleak look suits the darker tone of Leiber's original text. Sometimes the pictures contradict details mentioned in the text. The book may find an audience with older reluctant readers, and it could serve as an introduction to the longer fantasy works of Leiber. Larger collections will want it as a very different work by Wiesner.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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