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A Bag of Moonshine Paperback – February 4, 2002


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CollinsVoyager; New edition edition (February 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007127901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007127900
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Noted author and folklorist Garner has compiled a collection of little-known (in America) tales from England and Wales. Garner's ear for language, and his ability to turn simple folktales into the works of oral beauty that they once were, is exceptional. The tales themselves are alternately crafty, like the somewhat familiar story of Harry-Cap, or poignant, like the story of Hewin and his bride Belenay of the lake. Lynch's illustrations are perfectly suited to each tale and abound in sly-faced youths and crafty trolls. A good read-aloud for younger children, but older children may find the unfamiliar terms and pronunciations hard going.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1 Up Taking its title from a nonsense rhyme included, this is a wonderful collection of 20 tales and 2 rhymes from England and Wales. Most are unfamiliar, although almost all contain variants of recognizable elements of European folktales. They are zestfully told, and their magic is not dark. Compare Joseph Jacob's "Jack Hannerford" with Garner's spirited "up galloped the farmer, all of a dither-a-wack, like a new-baked custard." He gives these tales the pepper of folktelling without letting them become arty or obscure. Readers will enjoy the lilt of the phrasing and can intuit meaning of unfamiliar words. A peevish changeling hides all but his eyes, which "keeked out like a ferret's"; the magic stick to beat a thief "wriggled like a snig in a bottle"; and the "Wicked Sparrow" starts on his mad career with "a thorn in my foot. . .and it's giving me gyp!" Numerous sketches and eight color illustrations convey the same combination of the zany and the supernatural. No sources are included. These selections will be appreciated by independent readers; they will also make fine read-alouds for younger listeners. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I found this book on a library shelf when I was a kid and was immediately fascinated by the creepy drawings. I found the stories to be slightly spooky and I enjoyed that as a kid, I was always trying to get my hands on some scary stories. However, I introduced it to my 8 year old daughter who was totally disinterested with it... I'll never forget some of those stories... but she just couldn't get into it. To each their own, I guess. I also have a fascination with old world and historical type stuff, and this lends itself to that a bit because it's not very modern either in prose or visually, so that probably explains a bit about why I like it. She's more interested in modern and commercial type stuff, and this is definitely not commercial or mainstream in any way.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Furboy on September 20, 2011
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This book contains a bunch of short stories. Some of the stories I enjoyed - many I did not. However that criticism should be tempered by noting I am not a huge fan of the short story form - I find them very hit and miss, and for me that summed this book up too.

On the plus side though, and the reason why you might buy this book despite any criticism - Garner writes very well, and he has a big imagination. What is more, by their nature, short stories can be dipped into and read quickly, which could make this an excellent book for stretching and engaging less confident readers.
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