Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy

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A hilarious, lively picture book. Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his legs. But when he has to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket—and has to dance his way out of his clothes to find it!

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76. Gavin Bishop, writer and illustrator of more than 20 children's books, was born in Invercargill, New Zealand. He studied paint at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts in Christchurch. Bishop has been a professor and lectured extensively throughout New Zealand. He lectured in China at the invitation of UNESCO. In addition to his books, which often reflect his Maori heritage, Bishop has written two ballets and two TV series based on his first book, Bidibidi. He is the winner of the Russell Clark Medal for Illustration (1982), the Grand Prix in the Japanese Noma Concours for Children's Book Illustration (1984) and the New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year (1982, 1984).
Published January 1, 2013 by Lerner Publishing Group. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment.

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This sprightly, whimsical tale will induce plenty of giggles and start toes to tapping.

Feb 27 2013 | Read Full Review of Mister Whistler

Publishers Weekly

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This second posthumously published work by the late Mahy, after The Man from the Land of Fandango, is distinctive and full of sly humor. Mister Whistler loves to dance so much that when his Great-Aunt

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Mister Whistler

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He heads for the train station, puts his ticket between his teeth for safekeeping, checks for a clean handkerchief, then panics: “No ticket!” Every pocket is empty (viewers can see the ticket clenched between his teeth the whole time), and he strips down to his polka-dotted boxers in a frenzy...

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Mister Whistler

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When he finally realises where his ticket is Mister Whistler then has to quickly get dressed again to be ready to visit his Aunt, so we see the clothes go back on in reverse order.

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Mister Whistler

PreS-Gr 1—Young movers and shakers will find a kindred spirit in Mister Whistler. He always has a song in his head, a dance coursing through his body, and a difficult time concentrating on anything else. A telephone call from Great-Aunt Lydia awakens him from a tangled-in-sheets, toe-tapping reve...

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