Quentin Blake's Magical Tales by John Yeoman

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A wonderful treasury of little-known folktales full of adventure, mystery, and magical fun from around the world Escape to faraway mystical world where anything can happen: where a boy can find a belt that gives him amazing strength, where a frog can be a beautiful princess in disguise, and where princes can fly on magic carpets. Retold in wonderful detail by long-time Quentin Blake collaborator John Yeoman, these stories sparkle with enchantment, adventure, and a beautifully imagined mix of the familiar and unfamiliar.
 

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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 June 1, 2012 by Pavilion. 112 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a perfectly silly and pointlessly tastless sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Willie Wonka's glass elevator goes into orbit carrying Charlie, his parents, his grandparents, and the bed that three of the grandparents haven't left for 20 years.

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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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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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Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats--even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here.

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British comedian Walliams tells the story of Dennis, who lives in a dreary house with his depressed, working-class dad and older brother.

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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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The scenes of parental hair tearing and throat clutching build up to an epidemic of hysteria when Mr. and Mrs. Jones go off to the Furriers' Freewheeling Ball, Arabel and Mortimer and babysitter Chris Cross step out to the milk machine (which so amuses the raven that Arabel continues to pour chan...

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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 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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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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A splendiferous new presentation of an ageless yarn, replete with disasters, exotic lands, sumptuous palaces, fortunes lost and won back, and horrible monsters: ``We saw .

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

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