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Rare Beasts: Edgar & Ellen * S I G N E D * by Illustrator

Ogden, Charles (Illustrated by Rick Carton)

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ISBN 10: 1582461104 / ISBN 13: 9781582461106
Published by Tricycle Press, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST Edition.A FINE volume in pictorial book boards (no jacket as issued). Fabulous b/w drawings by Rick Carton, who INSCRIBED it on verso of half-title page by Illustrator:' To ____ Keep Your Eyes Open There's Naughty Characters About!, Rick Carton'. He also drew a very weird eyeball next to his name ! A Fun young adult novel. Clean, tight, NO markings, perfect. Protected in a mylar slip. Bookseller Inventory # 003066

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Title: Rare Beasts: Edgar & Ellen * S I G N E D * ...

Publisher: Tricycle Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The sinister siblings, twins Edgar and Ellen, kidnap the pets of Nod's Limb's youngest citizens and turn them into "rare beasts" in hopes of making money to finance future pranks. 25,000 first printing.


Young twins Edgar and Ellen make the Grinch look positively benevolent. Living alone in a spooky house in the town of Nod's Limbs (their parents are on an extended around-the-world holiday), the bug-eyed, matted-haired, disturbingly pale siblings amuse themselves by plotting dreadful schemes to torture the townspeople. Inspired by a TV show about the value of exotic animals, they decide to steal all the local pets, decorate them with old Christmas ornaments (Grinchy enough for ye?), and sell them at market price. If they became very rich from the proceeds, they could spray the soccer fields with fizzy cola from a hang glider, or erect a giant windmill to blow manure all over town, or buy a whole carnival and not let anyone else enjoy the games and rides! As they skulk around Nod's Limbs with giant sacks, they find it surprisingly easy to snatch puppies, kittens, bunnies, hamsters, and even a Burmese python. Let the basement transformation to Uggprons and Snifflepops begin! They lull themselves to sleep that night with the sound of weeping children mourning the loss of their beloved pets, "a steady, groaning noise rising up from the world outside." It seems that fans of the comic-goth genre (Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles) have another series in which to wallow, this time where the child protagonists are not victims but predators. Rick Carton's funny, artful pen-and-ink illustrations perfectly capture the Addams family feel of the story, from the pleading eyes of the neighborhood pets in the darkness of the "exotic animal emporium" cart to the tiny Turkle boys crawling through sewer pipes in the desperate search for their pet. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson

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