A Villain's Night Out

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Take one exciting premise--characters from a book come alive and shape the story--and many appealing characters and you have Margaret Mahy's fast-paced tale of fantasy (Chivers, 1999). Children will identify with the bothersome siblings, out-of- touch teachers and parents, and the class bully. This tale could be considered a Simon's Book (Mulberry Press, 1991) for older readers. Mahy has created several memorable and humorous characters whom she introduces as the story unfolds. There's Squidgy Moot, a story villain who recruits the protagonist, Formby, to write about wickedness, and later aspires to be an artist. Formby, the aspiring author, is a boy who can't bear to be considered a "goody goody." Other characters include Aspio, a villain with horns, tusk and hair on his ears, and assorted aliens. Actor Richard Mitchley ably provides the narration. He is adept at changing voices to portray different characters, and his tone hints at the humor contained in the story. Teachers and school and public librarians looking for an adventure story to hook reluctant readers will like this tale.-Tricia Finch, North Port Public Library, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754062240
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: Large Type
  • Pages: 184
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

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