The Clothes Horse and Other Stories

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9780141307985: The Clothes Horse and Other Stories

Surprising things can happen when you take everyday expressions literally, which is just what Janet and Allan Ahlberg have done in this book. Here are stories about a horse made out of clothes, a woman who saves parts of her life till later, and a train that delivers the night.

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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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