I FOOLED YOU by Johanna Hurwitz

I FOOLED YOU

Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos
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Age Range: 8 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children’s authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, “I fooled you,” a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Matthew Holm provides a funny, nearly wordless graphic tale. The final two stories, a new take on the troll guarding a bridge by Michelle Knudsen and a story with a satisfying surprise ending by Ellen Klages, are the best. Douglas Florian contributes a bouncy poem, and stories by Johanna Hurwitz and Eve B. Feldman offer gentle messages about the sometimes-questionable behavior of middle-grade students. The anthology’s large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the “fooled you” concept) might fool them into thinking it’s only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3789-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010




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