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Matilda Harrison,Joan Aiken
Harpercollins Pub Ltd (February 29, 2000)
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A Small Pinch of Weather by Joan Aiken 9780006754893 (Paperback, 2000) Delivery UK delivery is usually within 9 to 11 working days. Read full description.

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More about the author(s): Joan Aiken was born in 4 September 1924. Find and Load Ebook A Small Pinch of Weather (Collins Modern Classics).

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A Small Pinch of Weather (Collins Modern Classics). 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove A Small Pinch of Weather (Collins Modern Classics) from your list? A Small Pinch of Weather (Collins Modern Classics). Published March 6, 2000 by Collins. Children's stories, English, English author.

Joan Aiken, classic author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote the Armitage family stories all throughout her life - from when she was a teenager onwards. This is the first time the stories have been collected together in our market. See all Product description. However, divorced from the utter magic of the other stories in A Harp of Fishbones and A Small Pinch of Weather, All You Ever Wanted and More Than You Bargained For, they can come across as slighter than they actually are. I shall probably have to repurchase all those books: my Puffin copies fell to pieces years ago.

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How strange to be a child who loves books and reading, but who is criticized for it by her parents; how unusual to find a pupil who can do maths perfectly, yet is accused of cheating by her father when she answers a question correctly. Such a child is Matilda. Almost anyone else witnessing the achievements of this small child would have been tempted to make a great fuss and shout the news all over the village and beyond, but not so Mrs Phelps.

Joan Didion Reading List Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell First published: 1933 You've probably read Orwell's but his first full-length work is a memoir about his time as an impoverished writer in the titular cities. Booktopia has Down and Out in Paris and London, Penguin Modern Classics by George Orwell.

Anything is magically possible in these twelve short stories by gifted storyteller, Joan Aiken. Imagine ordering a sunny day from the local weather witch, asking an appletree to answer the telephone and making a beautiful garden out of old cereal boxes. What would you do if you inherited a real hair loom, or found three ugly old ladies and a dragon on your doorstep and would you need a bicycle if you had a unicorn to ride?
  • A must-read for the young and old short story lover. It does not get any better than Joan Aiken. The book includes some of her best work.

  • While I liked some of these short stories better than others, they all have a regional British feel - I particularly like renaming Strathclyde as Strathcloud and adding a weather witch. Others feel English village or Welsh.

    All the tales have children or young adults who are involved with witches or magic in some way. Often a Greek myth is tossed in such as the three Furies. Good attention is paid to nature, with the theft of a quince tree or natural ingredients for potions and spells. Have fun.

  • These utterly charming short stories fall into the category of "Written for Children, But Not Really". Sly, mischievous, topsy-turvy, and wonderful, each story takes the standard fairy tale mode of the Brothers Grimm and crosses over into a sort of Twilight Zone realm.
    The stories alternate, first with a fairy tale, and then an installment of tales about a modern, suburban brother and sister named Mark and Harriet. These stories were the most entertaining to me, because the adventures that the children got into were hysterical. A small sample of this is Harriet performing magic in her room (homework for her Spells and Witchcraft course at school), and asking Mark to please answer the phone, because her hands were covered with prussic acid. The best story in the book, in my opinion, is "The Serial Garden", in which Mark assembles a miniature garden (from the pieces stenciled on the backs of cardboard cereal boxes), and is able to transport himself into the garden, meeting a princess who has been imprisoned there for centuries. I can't say anymore about it, except that it's wonderful and heartbreaking.
    The other stories hold up just as well. "The Lilac in the Lake" is the story of a true absent-minded professor and seven women who wish to keep him company, and is also one of the best.
    Joan Aiken hit it just right with this one. It's hard to find, so nab a copy if you're able.

  • My sister gave me a copy of this book when I was 11, and I read it over and over and over, reducing it to rags. Many years went by before I even saw another copy. In fact, my sister gave it to me just last week - and when I saw it, I almost cried. I was at work and couldn't read it then and there, but I did sneak peaks while I sat at red lights on the drive home......but enough about me; let me tell you about this amazing book.

    The stories alternate between fairy-tales of a long-ago time and the modern-day adventures of a young brother and sister, Mark and Harriet Armitage. The similarities between the different types are simply that anything can happen and it surprises no one when it does. In the title story, the town's weather-witch changes the weather for the townsfolk who ask for it in advance; in "The Apple of Trouble" Harriet concocts magic potions in her bedroom (standard homework for her Domestic Science course). Mark gets a bicycle from his great-Uncle Gavin (under protest, because Mark already has a "perfectly good unicorn to ride"), and every last snippet of darkness is stolen from a kingdom by an evil serpent. All of the tales have hints of darkness and darts of glee. And the last one "The Serial Garden" is heartbreakingly bittersweet, with just enough humor to balance it. On the whole, the tales are sly and smirking, innocent and wide-eyed at once.

    So that's why this, in my mind, isn't just a book, but more of a rare and delicious treasure. If you have a copy, take good care of it. If you buy a copy, don't spend a second regretting what it cost.