That witty, clever (and just a little crooked) Dahl will get you with at least at least one of these stories. He can turn any story on its head, tickle its feet and leave you gasping.
And these sharp short stories will revisit you— you’ll find yourself recounting, re-reading… to yourself, to the wind, to strangers in the park… and maybe, if they’re really lucky, to your friends.
Some of the stories in this collection you may recall having heard before, and the others, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
I’d say those of you ages 12+ can handle it…and those of you under 12, may dare to venture there…
-Reviewed by Chantal from Books Inc. Mountain View
Philip Pullman takes a new tack and comes up a winner. Off of a London East End
street there is a close and on that close live a faithful group of friends. Led
by Thunderbolt Dobney and a whirlwind of chaos and brilliance by the name of
Benny Kaminsky, these kids make up for their empty pockets with the riches of
imagination. Trying to get an homemade waxwork of their favorite hot chestnut
seller into the wax museum is all in an afternoons work. Ferreting out a gang of
currency forgers takes just a little bit longer. These kids are direct
descendants of “the Baker Street Irregulars” by way of “Emil and the
Detectives.” Love Pullman as I do, I wasn’t expecting this wonderful romp from
the man who gave me “His Dark Materials.” Still, his matchless storytelling and
really funny prose shine like stars.
Perfect for the 3rd - 6th grade boy or girl in your house.
--Reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda
I learned a valuable lesson reading Viorst's story. At first, Lulu is
impossible. She gets exactly what she wants from her parents. When she
doesn't, she throws shrill tantrums loud enough to break light bulbs. Since
it's her birthday, she wants a brontosaurus as a pet. Her parents say "no."
Determined to find her birthday present, she runs away from home into a forest
where her birthday wish takes an unexpected turn. As Viorst teaches us in her
delightful tale, we should be careful for what we wish for--we just may get it!
Along with Lane Smith's dazzling art, this story is full of surprises, a
singable song, and three possible endings. Which one is your favorite? (Ages
4-8) --Jaime from Books Inc. Castro
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