The Clothes Horse and Other Stories (Puffin Books)

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9780140329070: The Clothes Horse and Other Stories (Puffin Books)

In six brief, whimsical stories, the acclaimed team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg shows what happens when everyday expressions are taken literally. A giant collects a pot of boys named Jack in--what else?--"The Jack Pot". And what is a "Clothes Horse?"--a horse made of clothing, of course! Full-color illustrations throughout.

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Each of the six shaggy-dog stories in this collection provides a literal interpretation of an everyday expression. In "The Clothes Horse," a magician creates an equine from old garments; the creature ends up on the vaudeville stage. A giant tosses troublesome boys of a certain moniker into a container in "The Jack Pot"; a woman hoards moments from her early years in "Life Savings"; and so on. While the initial concept may appeal to the literal-mindedness of children and their fondness for wordplay, the stories themselves are somewhat disappointing. Their silliness seems strained and arbitrary rather than genuinely funny, with adult undertones instead of a truly childlike perspective; and the chatty narrative voice begins to seem intrusive, even fey. In format, the collection falls somewhere between picture book and middle-reader. Full-color pictures decorate, rather than illustrate, the text; but these contain all the charm, humor and liveliness for which this husband-and-wife team (The Jolly Postman, The Baby's Catalogue, Peek-a-Boo, etc.) is renowned. Ages 5-9.
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