Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories

by Jane Yolen

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ISBN-13: 9780152164447
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 828,044
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

JANE YOLEN has been awarded several of the highest honors in children's literature. She and her husband divide their time between homes in Massachusetts and Scotland.


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Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ameyers on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Though not a newer book, it works in the same genre as Tales From Outer Suburbia, though the stories are longer, there are no pictures, and some of the stories are scary. It would be a great follow up for a reluctant reader who liked Tales from Outer Suburbia and wants more of a challenge. However, the stories are still short, so easily digested (and well written).
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This collection of twelve short stories is an engaging mix of fairy tale and fantasy. My favorites were "Tough Alice" and "Mama Gone." "Tough Alice" is kind of a what-happens-next extension of Alice in Wonderland where Alice needs to find her own strength instead of waiting for someone else to save her. "Mama Gone" is a vampire story that is part creepy and part heart-warming. Give it a look and you'll see what I mean.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
TWELVE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST I began this beautiful day by finishing Jane Yolen's TWELVE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST . . . and then had breakfast. I was going to discuss favorite stories from the collection, but found I couldn’t choose, all so good, even or especially the introduction and afterward, insights into the process of creating good writing. I’ll share a few lessons, if I can manage it without spoiling any endings. A hero needs courage and laughter, sometimes it’s better to rise up out of the ashes, singing, sometimes the hero can best serve by equipping others with good tools, love can conquer much I love the homage to well-loved tales, with Alice and Max and Wendy standing up for fairness, and the Bridge’s view of trolls and goats. I love knowing of Yolen’s Big File of ideas that need to germinate until they find their story. I’ve read that Bradbury had a drawer of outtakes for later use . . . a good lesson in not giving up on what Kristin Lems sings of as a “not yet” I recommend this book and its insights to readers young and old, older, oldest . . . age brings even more insights. ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the stories,but almost every page had typos. What happened to proof readers?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I recommend this! The stories are great. My favorite was 'The Bridges Complaint.'