TICK TOCK TALES by Margaret Mahy


Twelve Stories to Read Around the Clock
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Age Range: 4 - 10
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A dozen whimsically offbeat tales: two new, the others recycled from earlier books that didn't, apparently, appear in the US. As is her wont, Mahy begins with ingredients of proven appeal: characters such as pirates, animals, orphans, or other not-so-ordinary kids; situations like wanting a pet, being able to fly, getting involved in magical transformations, or simply instigating a celebration. Then, she stirs them up and elaborates on them with her own inimitably bracing logic and preposterous wit. Smith's merry pen-and-watercolor sketches intermingle with the text on every page, catching the comical, childlike tone precisely. (But why do the one-handed clocks that head each tale lack minute hands?) Just right as readalouds or for younger independent readers. (Fiction. 4-10)
Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-689-50604-X
Page count: 92pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1994


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