The Guest by James Marshall

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One rainy afternoon while Mona was practicing her scales, she had the oddest feeling. . . . Then Mona saw the little stranger.

So begins this strange and happy friendship between two very unlikely compatriots.

About James Marshall

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James Marshall (1942?1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.
Published September 24, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Maurice and Mona aren't the perfectly matched couple that George and Martha were.

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Publishers Weekly

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With the understated humor of his George and Martha books, James Marshall's The Guest (1975), a tale of two mismatched creatures (Mona, a moose, and Maurice, a snail) who become fast friends, will be welcomed back by the author/ artist's many followers.

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London Review of Books

Describing an exchange between Berlin and the old mandarin George Kennan, he writes that ‘it was a fixed principle of his that so-called élites – intellectual or otherwise – had no business presuming that they knew better than the man or woman in the street.’ A recently unearthed interview betwee...

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Scientific American

On the one hand, stories focusing on the technologies of human space colonization feel detached and inhuman because, of course, those technologies are only tools for the larger project of dispersing humanity from Earth.

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