Monday, October 8, 2012

Another new picture book from Margaret Mahy

The Man from the land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

If you've ever heard Margaret Mahy perform - you would have heard her recite 'The Man from the land of Fandango'.  Margaret had an excellent memory and could recite most of her poems or one of her favourites that other people had written. 

When the man from the Land of Fandango
Is coming to pay you a call
with his tricolour jacket ...

The man from the Land of Fandango bingles and bangles and bounces, as he dances with bears and bisons, and baboons on bassoons. Other creatures join in, they stop for a break, before continuing on with their somersalts and juggling.

Lots of wonderful alliteration, joyful rhythm and playful tinkering with words.  Children will love to roll the made-up words around their tongues. Teachers and parents will delight in reading it aloud.

A must-have for your Margaret Mahy collection.  ISBN: 978 1847 802 200  RRP $33.50 hardback

Margaret Mahy sadly passed away in 2012 but has left behind a legacy of picture books, short stories, poems and award winning young adult novels that children (and adults) hold close to their heart.

Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Polly first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Polly has also illustrated Margaret Mahy's books Down the Back of the Chair and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex.

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