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The Funny Little Woman (Picture Puffins) Paperback – February 14, 1993
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About the Author
Blair Lent received the Caldecott Medal for "The Funny Little Woman" by Arlene Mosel. He has also received three Caldecott Honors. He is the illustrator of Ms. Mosel's "Tikki Tikki Tembo", a bestseller since its publication in 1968. Blair Lent lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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This is the story of a funny little woman who lives all by herself in her own little hut. She's a dumpling maker by trade, and one day a naughty dumpling escapes down a crack in her floor. As she reaches for it, the floor gives way and the woman finds herself on an ancient road surrounded by statues of gods. The statues warn the woman not to attract the attention of the local Oni (an evil demon) but the woman's giggles can't keep her hidden for long. Soon she's cooking for all the Oni in their homes with the help of a magic paddle. By the end, however, the woman wishes to return to her house and it is only when she is able to make the Oni laugh at her (rather than vice versa) that she is enabled to escape and prosper.
Like all good folktales, this one contains elements that are familiar throughout the world. Illustrator Blair Lent (also of "Tikki Tikki Tembo" fame) has outdone himself with these pictures. The castles of the Oni are a deep jade green. When the funny little woman runs before them, her bright orange dress glowing brightly and the contrast is superb. The story is one that kids will enjoy as well. Though the Oni are fearsome, the threat they pose is somewhat minimal. After all, they just want to be fed.Read more ›
Both the story and illustrations are unforgettable. The pictures tell a story all their own. The colors are breathtaking with gorgeous jade, warm browns, dazzling yellows, bright orange and black accents. Anyone who loves monsters like in 'Where the Wild Ones Are' will appreciate the "wicked" oni, who are called that, I think, just for added appeal as they are really just hungry, horned, three-eyed, long-haired monsters who want the Funny Little Woman to be their cook since, well, after all...she's there. I think another aspect which makes this book so appealing is that the child can see above ground and underground at the same time; however, only the location that is taking place in any given time during the story is in color yet both are still intriguing. I remember as a child being fascinated with the old man in the story who never says a word but is a powerful presence in the story, nonetheless. He adds some mystery which is always a good thing in a story.
BOTTOM LINE: The funny little woman, no matter WHAT happens good or bad, ALWAYS laughs and makes the Best of the situation. This is a simple yet terrific take-home point of the story that ages 5-105 can appreciate. Books with an interesting story, fascinating, colorful illustrations AND have a lesson to learn are always welcome in our home. I'm so glad this book is still in print. It's a timeless classic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my child just loves this book the little grandma laughing . so fun to read.Published 7 days ago by Mayra Alvarado
One of my favorite children's books. I loved it as a kid and both of my daughters love it.Published 1 month ago by Jess Bowers
Story of a quirky old Japanese woman obsessed with rice dumplings. My daughter asks for this a lot.Published 3 months ago by M. Tjandra
I used to love when my mom read this to me as a child. I'm so happy to still see it! I will be using it to tell her she has a grandchild on the way.Published 4 months ago by Kristen Taylor
I loved this book as a child and wanted my daughter to have it. Everytime I want to write or hear laughter, I want it to be tee hee hee hee.Published 4 months ago by Amanda P.
One of my favorite books was sad when they stopped publishing it and had purchased a used copy, then saw they had brought it back and had to buy it.Published 9 months ago by K.