James in the House of Aunt Prudence

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Illus. in full color. James is sitting alone having tea and macaroons in the parlor of his great-aunt's Gothic mansion when a bear shows up. There aren't enough macaroons to go around, so James and his new friend set out to look for more. A wicked mouse king and a host of other creatures spring to life from the mansion's furnishings and artwork?all in pursuit of James and the bear.

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Overview

Illus. in full color. James is sitting alone having tea and macaroons in the parlor of his great-aunt's Gothic mansion when a bear shows up. There aren't enough macaroons to go around, so James and his new friend set out to look for more. A wicked mouse king and a host of other creatures spring to life from the mansion's furnishings and artwork—all in pursuit of James and the bear.

While visiting his great-aunt, a young boy spends the afternoon being chased through the house by an assortment of creatures led by the Mouse King.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An afternoon in Aunt Prudence's proper Victorian home is anything but dull; "a witty and whimsical exorcism of the darker gifts of the psyche," said PW in a starred review. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-1-James is to spend the day with his great-aunt, but instead of giving him a tour of her Victorian mansion, she leaves him alone with tea and macaroons and goes off to finish an important letter. The boy's fertile imagination takes over, and all sorts of weird, scary, and exciting things begin to happen in the elegant rooms. Objects come to life-first the bear rug, and then bats, mice, monkeys, and even an octopus appear. Flames dance across the hearth; the sea spills out from a painting; ancestors climb out of their portrait frames. During the mad chase, Prudence reappears and order is restored. Massive furnishings, ornately carved woodwork, statuary, and dark, floral-patterned draperies and rugs form a perfect setting for this child's fantasy. As the action accelerates and more creatures join in the foray, the full-color paintings become surrealistic and perhaps a bit frightening. However, in the final pictures, all things scary have assumed their previous roles as decorations. All but the most timid will be tempted to examine the book again.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517885505
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.59 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

* Timothy Bush was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  His father's work in the steel industry took his family from Pittsburgh to Chicago and Youngstown, OH before eventually returning to Pittsburgh, where Timothy finished high school.

*  Timothy attended the University of Dallas on an academic scholarship. He spent the fall semester of his sophomore year in the University's Rome program.  

*  After graduating "cum laude" with a BA in English, Timothy spent two years in Vienna, Austria on a Fullbright Teaching Assistantship.  He traveled extensively while in Europe, especially in Italy, Hungary, and Turkey, and spent a summer in the Greek Islands.  He supported himself as a teacher, street singer, and lyricist for Bulgarian rock bands.

*  Timothy is a self-taught artist, and his first book, James in the House of Aunt Prudence grew from a portfolio showing in the summer of 1990.  Since then, he has written and illustrated two other children's books, Three at Sea and Grunt! The Primitive Cave Boy . Tim lives in New York City.  

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