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The Man from the Land of Fandango
Contributor(s): Mahy, Margaret, Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0547819889     ISBN-13: 9780547819884
Publisher: Clarion Books
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: October 2012
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Annotation: Illustrations and rhyming text introduce a dancing, juggling, bouncing man who appears once every five hundred years.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Imagination; Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011052109
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.75" W x 0.50" (1.30 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153448
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
With this latest nonsense-verse offering, Mahy places herself right up there with the nineteenth-century masters of the form, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. The quirky exuberance of Dunbar's playful watercolor illustrations is a perfect match for Mahy's verse; they show two young children reveling in a zany visit from a man they themselves created as a larger-than-life painting that flew off the page.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #6)
When it comes to contemporary nonsense verse, no one wrote it better than the late Margaret Mahy (see Susan Cooper's reminiscence of her friend on page 25). With this latest offering, Mahy places herself right up there with the nineteenth-century masters of the form, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. Here she uses an enclosed rhyme scheme, alliteration, assonance, and internal rhyme with such precision that it feels as though there is not a word out of place -- even though they are completely nonsensical. Most like her famous Bubble Trouble (rev. 5/09) in spirit, The Man from the Land of Fandango is less complicated in both its twists of tongue and story. After describing the main character, Mahy tells us what will happen when he pays a call: "Oh, wherever they dance in Fandango, / The bears and the bison join in, / And baboons on bassoons make a musical sound, / And the kangaroos come with a hop and a bound, / And the dinosaurs join in the din." Next comes juggling with jelly and jam, dancing on ceilings and walls, jingling and jangling, tingling and tangling -- all activities that would make the Cat in the Hat seem fairly tame. The quirky exuberance of Dunbar's playful watercolor illustrations is a perfect match for Mahy's verse; they show two young children reveling in a zany visit from a man they themselves created as a larger-than-life painting that flew off the page. kathleen t. horning Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 August #4)

The jolly hero of the title—he's a round-headed, rosy-cheeked man who wears calico trousers and a "hat with a tassel and all"—springs from a painting created by two children and becomes the instigator of a fanciful romp. A menagerie of bouncy, music-loving animals join in, and together "they tingle and tongle and tangle/ Till tomorrow turns into today," writes the late Mahy. The merry band (which includes dinosaurs, "baboons on bassoons," a bison in lipstick and heels, a dancing bear, and kangaroos) dances through a whimsical landscape until "they stop for a break and a drink and cake/ In their friendly fandandical way." Dunbar's drawings are as lighthearted and effervescent as Mahy's wordplay and verse, and each of the watercolor and collaged spreads is a perfect little confection. If the end result isn't quite as compelling or sweetly silly as the collaborators' previous efforts, Bubble Trouble and Down the Back of the Chair, it's still an unrepentantly joyful bit of whimsy, one that exudes a sense of magic on every page. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)

PreS-Gr 2—The man in this jaunty, rhyming title is a kind soul who shows kids how to entertain themselves, whether it's dancing capriciously with a bison or bear or playing music on a dinosaur's back. He ushers in some good, old-fashioned fun and makes sure that everyone gets home safely in the end. This is the first time that Mahy's poem has been published in picture-book format. The language is rhythmical and great for reading aloud. Dunbar's illustrations work harmoniously with Mahy's words to create the ultimate experience for readers. The artist uses fanciful shapes and splashes of color that give youngsters a sense that something very special is happening. A lively selection for preschool storytime and a great addition to most collections.—Cass Mabbot, Seattle Public Library, WA

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