Monday, April 21, 2008

Down the back of the chair by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

A family's encroaching money problems are solved by delving into the back of a magical chair. This unrealistic plot quickly explodes into delightful silliness as an unending stream of increasingly strange creatures and items are produced from the chair. Margaret Mahy's rollicking rhymes are complemented by Polly Dunbar's drawings of a pop-eyed father, exuberant little girl, and a stream of collaged items from the wonderful chair.

Verdict: This one would make an excellent read-aloud for storytime kids who like nonsense and addictive rhymes. It would also be a fun start for a storytelling exercise.

ISBN: 978-0618693955; Published June 2006 by Clarion; Borrowed from the library

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