John Patrick Norman McHennessy by John Burningham
the boy who was always late (Dragonfly Books)

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A teacher regrets his decision to disbelieve a student's outlandish excuses for being tardy.
 

About John Burningham

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John Burningham has been praised by "The New Yorker" as "one of the finest and most original writers at work today." His most recent picture book is "Hushabye,
 
Published January 1, 1987 by New York: Random House. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Appropriate to the gently ironic tone and carefully understated subtext, Burningham's pictures here are in his familiar cartoon mode, poignantly expressive but without the marvelously vibrant alternating spreads he has often used to express a child's imagination or emotions (e.g., in John Patrick...

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On the heels of the pairing of Mem Fox and Oxenbury in Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, here's another dream-come-true matchup: Oxenbury and her husband.

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When Georgie outgrows his little-boy bed, his father takes him to an antique store, where the shopkeeper sells them a bed that he says is "magic," and adds, "you could travel in it."

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your dad did a dance at school or your mom made a fuss in a caf ?"" John Burningham poses many more questions in Would You Rather...

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then, pleased but tired, goes to sleep ""for a very long time."" When he wakes up, he decides to look at his handiwork, but, ""not wanting to be seen, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the people."" Somehow two children escape this sleep, and God takes them along on his tour.

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He not only comes to the rescue of this book's narrator when she is dispirited, he also makes troublemakers and nightmares disappear and takes her to ``wonderful places.'' The two walk on a tightrope stretched over the rooftops, go ice- skating and take a ride in a rowboat.

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PW praised all three of these works by the noted British author/artist, singling out his ability to build various levels of meanings into his stories.

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