Richard Kennedy: Collected Stories

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kennedy's keen wit, his ear for dialogue and eye for detail, and above all his precise and versatile handling of language rank him among the finest modern storytellers. It's pure pleasure to have in one volume 16 of his short, early works, originally published as picture books, many of which are no longer in print in their original editions. That these picture book texts translate so successfully to the short-story format is a credit to the scope and substance of Kennedy's work. From the fable-like ``Crazy in Love'' to the slyly funny ``The Mouse God,'' to the four tales of magical transformation that comprise ``The Blue Stone,'' these are stories strong in humor and narrative and rich in their observations of human foibles. Brief notes from the authorsometimes touching, often humorousintroduce each story. Sewell's illustrations provide additional shots of the irony and comedy found throughout this elegant volume. Ages 6-11. (November)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up The republication of these 14 stories and 2 narrative poems should attract the kinds of critical accolades and readers' attention which have been oddly absent from Kennedy's career to date. For make no mistake about it: these storiespublished individually from 1974 to 1981 and collected here for the first timeclearly establish him as a major author with a unique voice. While Kennedy's style speaks for itself, the source, the genesis, the climate in which each story was createdall have an eloquent spokesman in Kennedy himself, who introduces each story with a brief paragraph answering the inevitable question, ``Where do you get your ideas?'' As individual as its source, each story is remarkably different from the others which surround it, ranging from the sweetly insouciant fantasy of ``The Blue Stone'' to the frontier comedy of ``The Contests at Cowlick'' and from the somberly mythic ``Dark Princess'' to the lighthearted ``Leprechaun's Story.'' What the stories do have in commonaside from the richness of their languageis vivid and loving characterization, levels of meaning which speak to a multi-generational audience, the timeless, enduring appeal of stories which have been told around long generations of campfires, and an astonishing gift of imagination. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060232559
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years

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