Age Range: 6 - 9
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paper 1-55037-598-9 In a format resembling a long picture book, these highly pleasing tall tales from Wilson involve the doings of two sisters who were fashioned by a witch and so have special powers. Red Tam is surprisingly strong, and Green Tam can speak to wild creatures; through their wiles, common sense, and a small dose of witchiness, the sisters not only foil the machinations of three villains, but demonstrate that seemingly bad characters may possess souls of gold. First, Red and Green counter the behavior of Hairy Harry, who assassinates the character of a gentle forest troll and subverts a company of puppets to rob an entire town; they next take on Wretched the dragon, who inexplicably has stolen a grandfather clock from Peg Leg Peter, and consequently receives a lesson in ethics and etiquette, becoming a solid citizen. Last they meet up with Sneezy Simms, the ugliest, meanest pirate ever, kidnapper of the Prince of Cats and menacer of Green when he catches her freeing the prince. Lytle’s illustrations, drawn in a fine line and washed in watercolor, are ideal scene-setters, and occasionally scene-stealers. Listeners—for the tales must be read aloud—will know from the outset that the sisters are agents of good and they will prevail, but that knowledge never interferes with the slick, sidelong fun; it’s a delight to watch the pure of heart win through a bold use of quick wits. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-55037-599-7
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Annick Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1999