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Can't Catch Me: And Other Twice-Told Tales

Can't Catch Me: And Other Twice-Told Tales

by Michael Cadnum
     
 

This collection of deftly rearranged myths and fairy tales, including five original tales, rekindles the excitement of adored childhood tales. These witty, perceptive stories from an award-winning children’s author cleverly twist, turn, and veer off into unexpected, enchanting territory. Twice-told, the familiar narratives are newly revealed through the

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This collection of deftly rearranged myths and fairy tales, including five original tales, rekindles the excitement of adored childhood tales. These witty, perceptive stories from an award-winning children’s author cleverly twist, turn, and veer off into unexpected, enchanting territory. Twice-told, the familiar narratives are newly revealed through the unusual perspectives of their supporting casts. There’s the giant’s wife who simply wants Jack to bugger off so she can continue collaborating on poetry with her sweetly oafish mate. A bratty, unrepentant Gingerbread Man sounds off on overprotective parents, meddlesome neighbors, and untrustworthy foxes.

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"{Cadnum]tangos with tart truths, waltzes with acerbic wit, and often and dances in the dark."
Fantasy Magazine

“Concise writing cuts to the heart of the matter in this droll collection from National Book Award–finalist Cadnum (The Book of the Lion), whether it be a certain gingerbread boy’s overbearing parents in the title story or a ghostly Ophelia bent on her own secret revenge in ‘Or Be to Not.’ Even the most urbane bears can be brought low when entrapped by a crusading pro-human Goldilocks in ‘Bear It Away,’ while a certain giant’s wife manages to create a happy ending after a young thief escapes by beanstalk in ‘Mrs. Big.’ ‘Medusa,’ ‘Daphne,’ and ‘Give Him the Eye’ offer stark insight into the behavior of Greek gods and goddesses as well as the brutal side of love. Meanwhile, elves, no matter how gifted, find little welcome when faced with human suspicions in ‘Naked Little Men’ and ‘Elf Trap,’ while ‘Together Again’ gives the truth behind that old nursery rhyme about a lord named Humpty Dumpty. Both adult and YA readers will enjoy this quirky assemblage of 18 traditional tales with a modern edge.”
Publishers Weekly

Can’t Catch Me and Other Twice-Told Tales by Michael Cadnum is an outstanding collection of interesting and insightful lore drawn from history and retold with a modernized and compelling philosophical perspective of contemporary wisdom and collective post-situation knowledge.”
Midwest Book Review

“...turns the familiar on its head, from basilisk to gingerbread man, and makes you forget, for a few charmed moments, that these aren’t quite the tales you thought you knew.”
—Patricia A. McKillip, author, Wonders of the Invisible World

“Cadnum delves more into the psyche of the protagonist than fairy tales ever do.”
BookLoons

Fantasy Magazine
[Cadnum] tangos with tart truths, waltzes with acerbic wit, and often and dances in the dark.
Publishers Weekly
Concise writing cuts to the heart of the matter in this droll collection from National Book Award-finalist Cadnum (The Book of the Lion), whether it be a certain gingerbread boy's overbearing parents in the title story or a ghostly Ophelia bent on her own secret revenge in "Or Be to Not." Even the most urbane bears can be brought low when entrapped by a crusading pro-human Goldilocks in "Bear It Away," while a certain giant's wife manages to create a happy ending after a young thief escapes by beanstalk in "Mrs. Big." "Medusa," "Daphne" and "Give Him the Eye" offer stark insight into the behavior of Greek gods and goddesses as well as the brutal side of love. Meanwhile, elves, no matter how gifted, find little welcome when faced with human suspicions in "Naked Little Men" and "Elf Trap," while "Together Again" gives the truth behind that old nursery rhyme about a lord named Humpty Dumpty. Both adult and YA readers will enjoy this quirky assemblage of 18 traditional tales with a modern edge. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892391339
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Michael Cadnum is best known for his young-adult adventure novels, including In a Dark Wood, The Leopard Sword, and Seize the Storm. The Book of the Lion was a National Book Award finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and an Owl Creek Book Award winner. Cadnum is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Helen Bullis Prize for his poetry.

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