In an anthology of swiftly moving and sometimes macabre stories, the author of Unbelievable! presents a lovely ice maiden with a lethal kiss, a mysterious harmonica capable of good or evil, and an earring that can transform people into magnets.
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Paul Jennings worked as a special-education teacher before becoming a full-time writer. He has been voted 'favourite author' by children in Australia over forty times and has won every children's choice award in Australia. His books, including Undone!, Unreal! and Tongue-Tied! are hugely popular and he has sold more than 6.7 million books worldwide.From Kirkus Reviews:
From a popular Australian writer, nine more stories in a follow-up to Uncanny! and Unreal! (both 1991). In ``Birdman,'' a scrofulous magic headpiece forces a bully to plunge his face into dung; Mr. Simpkin is trapped on ``The Velvet Throne'' in a public loo where graffiti comes true; ``Little Squirt'' finally wins a certain contest in the school restroom: ``Sam...blows his top. He hits the roof. But not in the same way that I do.'' Now and then, Jennings gets away from alimentary humor for effects macabre (a teenager compounding disasters when a magic ``Harmonica'' gets stuck in her mouth) and even tender (a clumsy ``Cry Baby'' helps his Grandpop find the elusive Water-Holding Frog). Broad plots, surprise endings, unsubtle humor, and just deserts all `round. (Short Stories. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Puffin Books, Ringwood, 1999. Pictorial Wraps. Book Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Cover illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe. Printed in Australia. Slight shelfwear, otherwise a nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 142pp. SB-250. Size: 20 x 13cm. Bookseller Inventory # 024968
Book Description Penguin Australia, 2000. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0141301732-2-4