SOME OF THE KINDER PLANETS by Tim Wynne-Jones

SOME OF THE KINDER PLANETS

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Nine original premises elaborated--sometimes cleverly, sometimes awkwardly--into short stories. Their protagonists, 8 to 14, are little Wunderkinds, and the people they come in conflict with are described as stupid. The narrator is firmly--a little too firmly--on the side of his clever heroes, who do not benefit from his admiration--they often look a little obnoxious. In ``Tashkent,'' a boy tapes pieces of paper with names of faraway places all over his body and waits for them to fall off--the last one left will be the first place he visits when he grows up; Cluny, in ``Strangers on the Shore,'' decides to publish a magazine for people with exotic names; and ``Tweedledum and Tweedledee'' limns the fate of a boy who shocks his teacher with his story about a ``commando raid on Wonderland.'' The contrived plots, along with the presence of laser printers and fax machines, give real-life drama to the mysterious overtones of science fiction, but the narration is uneven: sometimes painterly and lyrical, sometimes bordering on sentimental. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-531-09451-0
Page count: 130pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1995




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