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Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower Hardcover – March 23, 1992

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Jim Hedgehog, an avid heavy-metal fan, buys an audiocassette from Mr. Strange, a stoat wearing sunglasses and a polka-dotted tie. Entitled Lonesome Tower , the tape plays a song that "sounded like a hundred tomcats and a thousand bees in the middle of a hurricane." Mr. Strange also sells Jim a recorder and an instructional book. After Jim's mother gives him a lively lesson on reading music, he masters the one song in the book. This tune eventually leads Jim to the Lonesome Tower, where he helps a shackled, wild-haired woman recover her lost song. With its occasionally advanced wordplay, Hoban's offbeat tale will be beyond most readers in the intended age group. They will more readily appreciate Lewin's witty pictures, which depict the contrast between young Jim's innocence and the zaniness of the realm of the Lonesome Tower. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 1-4-- Jim Hedgehog, heavy-metal fan extraordinaire, stumbles on a new and unusual cassette at an open-air flea market. ``It sounded like a hundred tomcats and a thousand bees in the middle of a hurricane.'' Mr. Strange, a stoat : in dark glasses, sells it to him along with a recorder and a book of tunes. Fans of Roald Dahl and Hoban's Monsters (Scholastic, 1990) will appreciate the sophisticated humor, while graduates of his ``Frances'' (HarperCollins) books will recognize the familiar parent-child banter. Jim complains to his mother, ```Harry Slime is lead guitarist for Giant Squid . . . and he can't read music.''' She explains, ```Maybe he's an orphan, but you've got me.''' Lewin's spiky watercolor cartoons create a slightly spooky atmosphere and marvelously reinforce the book's sly humor. Slow and reluctant readers will enjoy the zany plot, as will dyed-in-the-wool Hoban fans. --Ruth Smith, formerly at Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Library Binding edition (March 23, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395597609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395597606
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,840,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Jim Hedgehog is a heavy metal fan, but his mum likes mellower kinds of music, so when Jim buys a tape with the latest heavy metal music on it, his mum buys him a recorder and teaches him to play it.
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