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Whistle Up The Chimney - Nan Hunt

Whistle Up The Chimney

By: Nan Hunt, Craig Smith (Illustrator)

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Mrs. Millie Mack liked to listen to her fire going crickle crackle but one winter, when she threw several pieces of wood from an old railway carriage on the fire, there were very surprising results.

The first story about Mrs Millie Mack, her cat Tom Bola, their amazing fireplace and their adventures with the express train. This book won the "CBC Picture Book of the Year" award in 1982.

About the Author

Nan Hunt is one of Australia's best loved writers of picture books and novels for young readers.

About the Illustrator

Craig Smith has been a freelance illustrator since 1976. For some of the early years he had part-time jobs - washed dishes in a restaurant, scraped rust off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Had done drawings for advertising - groan! One interesting job he had was working as a nurse's aide in a hospital for the elderly. In that role he was able to observe the human body - something artists would usually do in a life drawing session. This experience stayed with him and affected the characterisation of his work.

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Whistle Up The Chimney
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (11)
  • Well written (10)
  • Engaging characters (8)
  • Page turner (5)
  • Suspenseful (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Younger readers (10)
    • Gift (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Everyday reader (6), Bookworm (4)

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    4.0

    Nice story, lovely illustration

    By SG1

    from sydney

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

      Lovely imaginative story but I would read this more to a 4-5 year old than to a younger child - beautiful illustrations

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      4.0

      Captivating

      By regord

      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Thought Provoking
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

        Service and delivery both excellent. The website very effective in its prompts for titles that may be of interest in various categories. It's just like browsing in an actual bookshop ... which my deteriorating mobility makes a real challenge.
        I feel somewhat guilty about this, as I think those independent bookshops are so important, and they are in peril. But, as with publishing, these are revolutionary times.

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        4.0

        One to share with the grandchildren

        By George

        from Goulburn

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Great Imagination
        • Well illustrated
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Reading With Little Ones
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

          Delivery was exceptionally prompt.

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          5.0

          Must have children's book

          By groves

          from NSW

          About Me Casual Reader

          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

            I bought this book to read to my children, loved it so much I bought a copy to give to the preschool. Great book, lots of imagination, illustrations are amazing, and the author is Australian!

            Highly recommend this book, makes a great gift, probably one book that most children don't have.

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            5.0

            still whistling

            By old teacher

            from lithgow

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

              This was a favourite when my children were small and indeed as a teacher I read it to many classes but this copy was for my grandson Micah.... thrilled to see it was still in stock.Janine

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              5.0

              Timeless children's classic

              By Barbie Girl

              from Porepunkah, Victoria

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging Characters
              • Illustrator Fantastic
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Special Needs
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

                This is a book I read to my children .. then they read .. and now are reading to theirs. It is an engaging, beautifully illustrated Australian book.

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                5.0

                Childhood favourite

                By Roryrabbit

                from Adelaide, SA

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Older Readers
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

                  This is an excellent book with lots of repeating phrases. Well worth reading and once you have you will want to add it to your shelves.

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                  5.0

                  Great for my kids & now grandkids

                  By Too many books not enough time

                  from Melbourne

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

                    Fantastic book for children, stimulates the imagination and the illustrations are great for parents too. My daughter's remember reading it to their younger brother and now they can read it to their own children. Love the different sound each train makes.

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                    5.0

                    An all time favourite

                    By Kym the Teacher

                    from Geelong, Victoria

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                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Younger Readers

                      Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

                      I bought this book when it was first published many years ago. As a teacher I found the children loved the story and the repetition used. I have now purchased extra copies as gifts for the children who have successfully completed my Reading Recovery Program. Always a favourite!

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                      5.0

                      Great book for children

                      By June with imagination

                      from Kojonup

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                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Page Turner
                      • Suspenseful
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Younger Readers

                        Comments about Whistle Up The Chimney:

                        This is a fabulous book to take your children or grand children in to. Using your imagination is one of the best things you can teach a young child to do.Good books keep a child entertained and this one did it for my grand children.

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                        ISBN: 9780732272357
                        ISBN-10: 0732272351
                        Series: Australian Children's Classics
                        Audience: Children
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 32
                        Published: 26th February 1988
                        Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 21.0  x 0.4
                        Weight (kg): 0.14