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The Mysteries of Zigomar

Ahlberg, Allan

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ISBN 10: 076360352X / ISBN 13: 9780763603526
Published by Candlewick, 1997
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Title: The Mysteries of Zigomar

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of poems, including "Getting up for School" and "Cemetery Road," and short stories, including "The Paper Boy" and "Snow White Lies."

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-5. This is a definitely British, self-indulgent conflation of poetry, short stories, and various dialogues. Ahlberg gives Dickens and Dahl two nods apiece as literary lights, once in a short story about a paper boy and another in a patronizing poem on passive learning that contains the lines "No more learnin', no more books....No more teachers' grumpy looks." Twenty literary forays include a mix of Pinocchio with Frankenstein and other derivations; puns and other forms of verbal play; introspection; observation; melancholic poetry; an homage to teachers; and even a disgruntled dwarf's rebuttal to the fairy tale of Miss Goody Two-Shoes Snow White. Lawrence's watercolors valiantly try to mirror the mercurial text and do provide respite from these mostly inconsequential offerings. Some of the paintings are full page while others are small text breakers. Ahlberg's best selection is about despair: a faithful hound makes the supreme sacrifice to save his mistress from a vampire ("Warm blood upon the floor,/Blood on the silken sheets a-splashing..../And Lottie, the brave dog...dead."). It's a tearjerker for Halloween, maybe, but a tad macabre for the young 'uns for whom the collection seems geared. A cock-and-bull collection indeed.?John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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