A Trio of Tolerable Tales

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Groundwood Books
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5.9 X 0.3 X 8.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her most recent books include the novel The Heart Goes Last (2015) and a collection of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Forthcoming in 2016 are Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare's play The Tempest, and Angel Catbird -- featuring a cat-bird superhero -- a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, has won the Man Booker Award and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Dusan Petricic is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. Most recently, he has illustrated Snap! by Hazel Hutchins, Invisibill by Maureen Fergus and My Family Tree and Me, which he also wrote. Mr. Zinger's Hat, written by Cary Fagan, was selected for the 2015 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. A former professor of illustration and book design, Petricic's work appeared for years in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal and the Toronto Star. He continues to work as a political cartoonist for Politika and to illustrate for American, Canadian and Serbian magazines. He lives in Belgrade and Toronto.


Praise for A Trio of Tolerable Tales

"The exaggerated humor and outlandish situations call to mind Roald Dahl, but the hilarity in this alliterative tour de force is all its own. Fine exercise for stretching linguistic muscles; great fun for reading aloud." -- Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"The wide and varied vocabulary will enrich even the most erudite student; an excellent and unusual addition to most collections." -- School Library Journal

"Readers encountering these delightfully peculiar stories for the first time will be impressed by just how far Atwood runs with the alliteration, and despite what the title suggests, these tongue-twisting tales are far better than tolerable--they're truly tickling." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

"In lesser hands, such an extended use of alliteration might prove redundant, but Atwood's prose is both amusing and enlightening in its use of rich vocabulary, with phrases such as 'rumpled rucksack, ' 'raggedy ravens' and 'rancid remnants of reeking rhinoceros.'" -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise forBashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda

"... offers champion read-aloud potential." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop's Wunderground Washery

"Wandering Wenda offers young readers a whimsical story about a girl searching for her missing parents. Atwood's use of alliteration is an absolute delight. The playful nature of the text will captivate readers right from the beginning. They are sure to devour this tale just to see if the wordplay lasts until the very end." -- CM Magazine