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The Little Crooked House - Margaret Wild

The Little Crooked House

By: Margaret Wild, Jonathan Bentley (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780733316661
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old

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There was a crooked man, who lived with a crooked cat and a crooked mouse all together in a little crooked house. But when their surroundings cause them havoc they have to keep moving ... again and again and again.

Grand illustrations accompany this wonderful story in which the crooked man and his friends finally find a home.

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'The prolific Australian writer tells the tale of the crooked man, house, cat and mouse with-pun intended-a bit of a twist. In this terrific, imaginative read-aloud, Wild retains some elements of the familiar yarn. However, things quickly change when external forces make the area in which they live untenable. In Baba Yaga style, the crooked house heaves up on its four legs and begins running. The family is content to live in a desert, but eventually longs for water and goes to live by the banks of a river, which is also problematic. Ultimately the crooked house brings its inhabitants to the perfect spot. Alliterative phrasing (the "whoo whoo" of the wind and the "swish swoosh" of the river) and rhythmic refrains will surely encourage child listeners to join in. Bentley's watercolor illustrations suit the quirky tale, representing the constant forward motion of the house and the story, which will make a popular storytime choice. As the crooked man, cat and house would say: "Yippee-yi-yay!" (Picture book. 3-7) - Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 9780733316661
ISBN-10: 0733316662
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 25.0  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.19

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Margaret Wild

About the Author


Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and she worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years, responsible for managing and commissioning a large range of titles. She lives in Sydney and now writes fulltime.

Margaret has written more than 70 books for children. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards.

Her books for Allen & Unwin include the two teenage novels, 'Jinx' and 'One Night', and most recently the picture book 'Ruby Roars'.

Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series. Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award.

Vampyre is a finalist in the 2012 Aurealis Awards in the CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures) category.

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