Readers meet the man from Fandango who pays a visit once every five hundred years, the word-wizard who casts her spell over the Delmonico family, and many other unforgettable characters in this veritable carnival of stories and poems.
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Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-8-- This small collection of original verse and prose is certain to sharpen the wit and produce grins--whether read independently by older readers or aloud to younger ones. Within these outrageous pages, one meets a poetic cat (who says philosophically, "perhaps all this poetry stuff is just the world's way of talking about itself"), punsters, word scramblers, and the unusual Delmonico family--to name a few. On the surface, many of the rhythmic short stories and poems appear to be simply quite nonsensical. But upon closer inspection, this very zaniness masks some sound "food for thought" --providing a springboard for possible group discussions with older readers. There are tones of a Roald Dahl ("Green Marmalade to You") or a Shel Silverstein ("My Sister") sense of humor, but coupled with Blake's spirited line drawings throughout, this is delightfully original bouncing, bantering buffoonery. You can expect "nonstop nonsense" from start to finish with this selection. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, Ohio
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