Old Misery

byJames SageIllustratorRussell Ayto

May 1, 2018|
Old Misery by James Sage
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Poor Old Misery. She and her old cat, Rutterkin, ?ain''t got two pennies to rub together.? And the one thing of value she does have ---a tree, filled with good eating apples --- is regularly ransacked by humans and animals of all kinds who make off with armloads of apples! So, one day, when a surprise visitor grants her a wish, Old Misery tells him, ?There''s but one wish for me, mister, and it''s this here: whoever I catch stealing apples off my tree will get stuck to it until I decide to let them go!? At first, it seems like her wish was a terrific idea, as she catches all the apple thieves and sends them on their way for good. But then Old Misery decides to use her new power on another surprise visitor. And she learns what may be the most miserable lesson of all: be careful what you wish for!

Author James Sage has created a playful allegory about why misery exists in the world, and always will. Award-winning Russell Ayto''s two-color, pen-and-ink illustrations do a superb job of evoking the eccentric and slightly macabre feel of the book, perfectly complementing the original voice of the storytelling. The dark humor and a vintage feel will make this picture book a hit with fans of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
James Sage is the author of over a dozen books for children. His first book, illustrated with photographs by Robert Doisneau, was awarded a Prix d''Arles. He lives in Lincolnshire, England.Russell Ayto has illustrated many picture books, including Whoops! and The Witch''s Children series. Among his many honors are a Roald Dahl Funny Pr...
Title:Old MiseryFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:40 pages, 10.25 X 7.38 X 0.62 inShipping dimensions:40 pages, 10.25 X 7.38 X 0.62 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771388234

ISBN - 13:9781771388238

Appropriate for ages: 5

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