TWICE TOLD by Scott Hunt

TWICE TOLD

Original Stories Inspired by Original Art
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Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fable of the six blind men and the elephant is invoked by the premise of this collection of 18 diverse short stories based upon nine original pencil sketches by Hunt. From doughnuts to skinny dipping, from classic cars to bunny suits, authors as varied as Sarah Dessen, Audrey Couloumbis, M.T. Anderson and Marilyn Singer serve up their varied interpretations of the old mantra that a picture is worth a thousand words. Standout pieces are Margaret Peterson Haddix and Jaime Adoff’s responses to the moving visual celebration of old-fashioned African-American love in the form of an elderly “Couple,” and Nancy Werlin and Alex Flinn’s takes on a small child dressed as a “Bunny.” Of the drawings, Hunt’s best offer snapshots of lost Americana, such as a father and son of yesteryear loading suitcases into the family car, and neon diner signage advertising rare greasy-spoon treats. However, the stories might have benefited from the same unifying vision that is reflected in the artwork, with fewer authors engaging more of Hall’s texts, and the most captivating tales being placed more strategically. (Anthology. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-525-46818-8
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2006




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