Things That Sometimes Happen by Avi
Very Short Stories for Little Listeners

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Here are a few things that sometimes happen:
An unpopular Black Crayon proves to a Little Girl how useful he really is.
On a very hot day, an Ice-Cream Cone waits...and be eaten.
A Papa catches cold, so his Little Boy gets to go to work instead!
These nine very short stories for very young readers -- culled from Newbery Honor author Avi's first book and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Marjorie Priceman -- ingeniously capture the funny, surprising spirit of a child's imagination.

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Some pretty amazing things have happened to Avi. It all began in 1970, with Things That Sometimes Happen, his first book. His novels include two Newbery Honor Books, Nothing but the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, also the winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Avi's fifty books tell mysterious, fantastical, and historical tales, and even an animal tale or two, like Poppy (also a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award recipient) and The Christmas Rat. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado.
Published October 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While you were gone chasing tigers, a dragon came and ate all my food.’ ” Subsequently, a pair of girls dig “Tunnels” to China, and other tales pose such unusual problems as an elephant trying to drink water from a glass, a hippo striving to fit into a new car, and a Story searching for an end.

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Exuberant silliness buoys each of the nine brief tales, including a high-concept yarn about an underutilized and disgruntled black crayon who finally convinces a young artist to put him in the picture, and a romp that finds a boy and his cat swapping outrageous tall tales about their day ("I went...

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