Nannycatch Chronicles

Nannycatch Chronicles

by James Heneghan, Bruce McBay
     
 

A bit of black humour for primary school age kids who will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek tales of Uncle Possum in the Nannycatch Meadows. Poor Uncle Possum! Or should we say: poor animal folk of Nannycatch who have to put up with him. In the spirit of Uncle Remus, young readers will delight in these cheeky tales.  See more details below

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A bit of black humour for primary school age kids who will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek tales of Uncle Possum in the Nannycatch Meadows. Poor Uncle Possum! Or should we say: poor animal folk of Nannycatch who have to put up with him. In the spirit of Uncle Remus, young readers will delight in these cheeky tales.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This is a strange book. We are warned from the beginning that grown-ups get upset when the subject of death is mentioned. Everyone just might be upset after reading this, but not because of the untimely and unnecessary deaths of too many woodland creatures. That is bad enough, but the lack of concern and apathetic overtones would be reason enough to quit reading this before its end! Heneghan attempts to spread the word that life is to be cherished and we should be thankful for the life we have, yet he somehow fails to convince us when the characters meet gruesome demises and are depicted as discarded toys. Indicated for ages 5 to 9 on the flap, such young readers will be hard pressed to grasp the cadence and the essence of this work. It is not completely a waste, as there are some enviable relationships and good being done. Possum tries very hard to draw everyone together, with the message of putting others first and keeping the peace. Budding environmentalists will appreciate the ecological impact civilization may have on the wildlife and may take away some lasting impressions of the effects felt on our defenseless woodland neighbors.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Possum and his friends live deep in the heart of Nannycatch Meadows. Recently, the woodland creatures have had to deal with a number of untimely deaths. Possum's nasty old uncle has a rotten heart and a penchant for ending the lives, usually inadvertently, of those around him. As they face their own mortality, the animals come to understand how important it is to enjoy the life they've been given. The book attempts to be a lighthearted look at death. Unfortunately the tone is inconsistent at best. Characters are regularly killed off by Uncle Possum without any fanfare or consequences. It's difficult to invest any love in a group of characters when one of them might be bumped off at any moment. The cheery style is at odds with the coldhearted casualty that accompanies each demise. The stylized illustrations, while pleasant, contain such oddities as possums with furry tails. Though there's certainly a great deal of writing talent here, it's hard to imagine an audience for this book.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896580562
Publisher:
Tradewind Books
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce McBay collaborated with James Heneghan on Waiting for Sarah, his first book with Orca. He is the department head of Learning Support Staff at a Burnaby Secondary School and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
www.jamesheneghan.com

School visits, author readings, adults & children, by arrangement.

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