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Tales of Trickery from the Land of Spoof Paperback – September, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (J) (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374474265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374474263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6 The practical jokes, hoaxes and parlor tricks Schwartz describes lose something in the retellingmostly, these are pranks for which "you had to be there." The 22 stories relate April Fools' jokes, regional tales, traditional stories, puzzles and more. A few will be familiar, yet even those that are fresh are marred by a lackluster style. Although copious notes and sources are included, rarely do they convey a sense of when these pranks took place. The extensive bibliography lists adult titles almost exclusively, the only exceptions being one out-of-print title and four Schwartz titles. The elegant design of this slim bookopen and clean looking with lots of white space and peppered with attractive pen-and-ink drawingsis in opposition to the more low-brow content. Children may be amused by some of these tricks, and they may be inspired to try some trickery themselves, but overall they will feel slighted by this collection. David Gale, "School Library Journal
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories -- Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read Books, In A Dark, Dark Room and Ghosts! -- are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.

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