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Ultra-violet catastrophe! Or, The unexpected walk with Great-Uncle Magnus Pringle Library Binding – January 1, 1975


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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Parents' Magazine Press; 1st edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819307491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819307491
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand and is internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children's writers today. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which have received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of An Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she received the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24, 2004
Format: Library Binding
A beautiful wonderful book of my youth. You may remember author Margaret Mahy from her fabulous young adult novels like, "The Changeover" or "The Haunting". You may remember illustrator Brian Froud from Terry Jones's delightfully twisted, "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book". Back in 1975, these two artists in their fields worked together to create a book accomplished the mighty task of appearing sweet without being horribly precious. "Ultra-Violet Catastrophe!" (a term that, within context, actually makes a lot of sense) is about Sally. Preferring to spend her days in trees as Horrible Stumper the tree pirate, Sally is forced to clean up and accompany her mother to Aunt Anne Pringle's house. The idea does not appeal to Sally, especially since Aunt Anne is very fond of all things neat and tidy, including little girls. It is fortunate, therefore, that when Sally arrives she finds that staying with Aunt Anne is none other than Great Uncle Magnus Pringle. The two are told to go for a walk, and while doing so find that they have a lot in common. Great-Uncle Magnus is a fan of burrowing into hedges, wading through muddy ponds, singing great silly songs, and building dams in streams. While out and about the two bond over the man's favorite phrases including, "Ultra-Violet Catastrophe" (a response one has to being treated like a potted plant) and "Seismological Singularity". After being chased by a mere cow (quoth Sally, "A cow with a calf isn't as mere as other cows, I don't think") and escaping over a barbed wire fence the two are, needless to say, a tad dirty/ripped to shreds/mud streaked. They are placed on some newspapers to dry off and soon the two bid one another a fond farewell. Great-Uncle Magnus invites Sally and her mother to visit him at the sea where he lives.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Heiselt on August 24, 2007
Format: Library Binding
This book is what inspired me as a child to want to read more, write poetry, fiction, and plays, enjoy the sound of language and become a linguist as an adult. Mahy uses language phenomenally well to paint a picture the child really grasps. What Charlotte Mason would call "a Living Book."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I love this book! It was one of the first ones that I ever remeber looking at with my mother and that I ever read! I have an Uncle like Uncle Magnus, and when I was little, it used to make me laugh at how much he was like MY uncle! Now, all grown up, I think that this book is one of the cutest stories ever written and it charms me all over again every time that I read it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! The story captures the imagination and endears the reader to Sally, the "Tree Pirate" tomboy, and the devilishly mishevious Great-Uncle Magnus. The illustrations have a dream-like quality. As a child (and now as a thirty year old!), I could read this book over and over again and never get tired of it!
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By Ellen Virden on June 9, 2014
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is a most delightful book and every child need a Great-Uncle Magnus. It is just a fun book and if I could afford five more I would get one for each of my children
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