Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones

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Saracen Hobday lives a quiet, peaceful life until the day his Granny, a detective, rushes off in pursuit of the dreaded pirate Grudge-Gallows. Left alone, Saracen falls in love, twice, makes a fortune from a newly discovered plant, and defeats a gang of ruffian pirates…all because of tingleberry ice cream, the tuckertub plant, and a solid gold telephone! "Another rollicking adventure from the versatile Mahy, this is filled with zany characters, hilarious situations, and action."...
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Overview

Saracen Hobday lives a quiet, peaceful life until the day his Granny, a detective, rushes off in pursuit of the dreaded pirate Grudge-Gallows. Left alone, Saracen falls in love, twice, makes a fortune from a newly discovered plant, and defeats a gang of ruffian pirates…all because of tingleberry ice cream, the tuckertub plant, and a solid gold telephone! "Another rollicking adventure from the versatile Mahy, this is filled with zany characters, hilarious situations, and action." — Booklist
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A shy boy finds love and ice cream when his spry granny goes off to fight her nemesis, a theatrical pirate out to steal a golden telephone. "As zippy and often as alliterative as its title," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Leslie Verzi Julian
Saracen Hobday is a shy orphan who lives on Breakfast Island with his "dear old granny." Don't be fooled by the description. This granny is a once-famous detective inspector known for catching villains. Hungry for diversion from her more recent quiet island life-style, Granny decides to take off to the Antarctic when she learns of the pirate Grudge Gallow's escape. Little does Saracen know at the time that freedom from his granny along with a unique and mysterious gift would turn into the greatest tingleberry adventure of his young life. The subsequent events unfold as humorous story of courage, adventure, and true love. Mahy's wily word choice will keep you rolling though the chapters as well as rolling with laughter.
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Gr 3-6-Saracen Hobday, a painfully shy and reclusive boy, lives with his grandmother on lonely Breakfast Island. He spends his days gardening and listening to the bossy woman tell about the great days when she was a detective inspector. When Granny is called back into service to catch the evil pirate Grudge-Gallows, Saracen stays on and fends for himself. Then one day, she sends him a rare tingleberry plant that changes his life. He discovers that to care for it properly, he must make contact with the world. From the moment he picks up the phone, Saracen finds excitement, fortune, and love in a series of madcap events that lead to his soaring self-esteem and the villain's capture. In this 20th-century pirate yarn, Mahy pokes gentle fun at the trappings and treasures of the modern world. Her nonstop, zany plot is filled with lively language punctuated by metaphors, puns, wordplay, and poetry. Staermose's pen-and-ink drawings match Mahy's tone and extend the humor and action of the text. While the piratical cover and undemanding format will attract beginning chapter-book readers, the story's language, pacing, and humor will also make it a terrific read-aloud.Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Lauren Peterson
Another rollicking adventure from the versatile Mahy, this is filled with zany characters, hilarious situations, and action. It even has a touch of romance. Saracen Hobday is a painfully shy orphan who has lived all his life on a secluded island with his granny, a retired detective. When the villainous pirate Grudge-Gallows escapes from prison, Granny is suddenly called back to active duty. Left on his own, bashful Saracen falls in love, makes a fortune marketing tingleberries, and single-handedly (well, almost) brings down a dastardly gang of pirates, including the notorious Grudge-Gallows. The slapstick plot moves with break-neck speed, and it won't be long before readers find themselves cheering out loud for Saracen, the former introvert who once described himself as "a mere limp lettuce leaf in the great salad of life." Look no further for that next great read-aloud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670863310
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/1996
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    This was one of my favorite children's books

    I really enjoyed this book. I read it when I was in third grade and adored it. I read it again recently (I'm 16 now), and I still loved it. The story is charming, and I think it would be well worth the reader's efforts to find a used copy in a library or in B&N's used book section.

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