Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories by John Yeoman

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A pompous hippo, magical monkeys, a fearless tortoise, and a world of other amazing animals are waiting in this timeless collection of folktales Full of stories that will entertain and get children thinking, this is a beautiful collection of 14 wonderfully told animal folk tales written by an expert storyteller and illustrated by one of the greatest children's artists working today. Stories include "The Monkey Palace," "The Turkey Girl," "How the Turtle Got His Shell," "The Cat and the Mice," and "The Impudent Little Bird."
 

About John Yeoman

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John Yeoman and Quentin Blake's previous collaborations include The Bear's Water Picnic, The Bear's Winter House, The Heron and the Crane, Mouse Trouble, Our Village, and The Wild Washerwoman. Best known for his Roald Dahl illustrations, Quentin Blake has won the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, and the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, among numerous others.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Pavilion. 124 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And so in the end Captain Najork gets Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong and Tom gets the captain's boat and a new aunt, Bundlejoy Cosysweet, and everyone's happy -- including, inevitably, the reader (or better still listener), who might not realize the wisdom but is sure to enjoy the games, their outcom...

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The nervous new vicar's youthful dyslexia suddenly resurfaces in an odd form: Certain words come out of his mouth reversed.

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The mouse, giving up on the clock (which then expires in despair), is eaten by an owl, causing it to fall in love with a taxi meter--and when this love is requited, after a fashion, a bee picks up a bit of the magic, which is then transferred to a flower and thence to another mouse that eats anot...

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Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day--``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''--Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop.

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Much improved by a new translation and the addition of Blake’s thoughtful introduction and inspired illustrations, this witty plaint from a popular novelist and former teacher should finally find as wide an audience in the United States as it enjoys in France and the United Kingdom.

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She decides to raise the creature, bestowing the name of Augustus upon it, bringing him home with her, swaddling him in sweaters and scarves, spooning milk into his beak, and, when he is old enough, serving forth creamed carrots, éclairs, and whole boxes of chocolates.

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The other sticks whine they are “nothing” without their frozen confections, but the sassy new stick boldly asserts he could be something, “maybe a horse.” At bedtime, Rosie wishes for a treasure chest to help her parents pay their bills while her fingers arrange the sticks into a horse shape.

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A reeking vagrant instills homey togetherness in a family ruled by a domineering mother in this uneven production from the team behind The Boy in the Dress (2009).

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His changeable inner landscape is reflected in the scribbly, emotionally exact art, as subdued color alternates with washes of gray, facial expressions of the author and those around him change—and other signs, from body language to outdoor scenes and the weather itself—evoke each moment’s mood.

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Blake and Morpurgo, both former holders of the British children’s laureate honor, join their considerable talents in this touching Christmas story aimed at both older children and adults.

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A rambunctious boy enacts a series of opposites succinctly set in verse (``Simpkin WARM and Simkin CHILLY/Simkin SENSIBLE and SILLY/And sometimes when we stand and call/Simpkin JUST NOT THERE AT ALL'') and elaborated to hilarity in Blake's happy-go- lucky art--e.g., above, Simpkin's waiting siste...

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Nine tales from as many countries, tenuously linked by the presence of magical items or transformations, and illustrated with Blake’s characteristically energetic ink and wash sketches.

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With origins as far-flung as Papua New Guinea, Africa's Gold Coast, and Spain, 11 tales ranging from simple stories of the weak outwitting the strong (``The Cat and the Mice'' from Tibet;

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Quentin Blake’s magical, whimsical illustrations are the best raison d’être for this eclectic and unsourced collection of stories.

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Fourteen animal tales are presented in the same format as Quentin Blake’s Magical Tales (2012), with many of the same strengths and weaknesses.

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There’s a natural storyteller’s cadence to Yeoman’s writing (“Once upon a time, and a very good time it was, though it was neither in my time nor in your time nor in anyone else’s time,” opens “The Monkey Palace”) that makes these stories ideal for readaloud (adult readers might s...

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