STOPPING FOR A SPELL by Diana Wynne Jones

STOPPING FOR A SPELL

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Three stories, each with several chapters, whose remarkable comic events turn on magic. A garish old armchair comes to life as ``Chair Person''--a garrulous autocrat who knows only what he's seen on TV and whose bossiness is a nightmarish parody of neighbor ``Aunt Christa,'' forever pressing the Chair Person's nice family into onerous tasks. ``Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?''- -an uninvited guest who's even more obnoxious than Aunt Christa and her alter ego--also involves furniture, this time animated by rage at the tyrannical Flint's insults toward everyone and everything: a vengeful mob led by the grand piano, baring its fierce keys, forcibly evict him. And in the third tale, ``Four Grannies'' with satirically contrasted temperaments try to care for two stepsiblings; the biggest joke here is on young inventor Erg, who's been instrumental in causing hilarious mayhem--but not by the means he imagines. As usual, Jones's sly wit and irrepressible imagination are a delight--in fast-moving, easily read, laugh-aloud stories. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8- 12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-11367-2
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




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