The Man from the Land of Fandango (Hardcover)

By Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780547819884, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

List Price: 16.99*
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“The man from the land of Fandango / Is given to dancing and dreams, / He comes in at the door like a somersault star / And he juggles with junkets and jam in a jar / And custards and caramel creams.”
Two children paint Mr. Fandango to life, and together the trio has a tremendous adventure with baboons and bisons, dinosaurs and kangaroos! Polly Dunbar’s textured, childlike illustrations reveal a playful imaginary world, and even the lines of type curve and tango. A bouncy, buoyant read-aloud for storytime.

About the Author

Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand and is internationally acknowledged as one of today's most outstanding children's writers.  She has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award and is a two-time winner of England's Carnegie Medal, and her books have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association.  She is also the recipient of an Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive.

Polly Dunbar has illustrated a number of acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. She lives and works in Brighton, England.

Praise For The Man from the Land of Fandango

"Wonderfully exuberant and completely delightful."—Kirkus, starred review

"A lively selection for preschool storytime and a great addition to most collections."—School Library Journal

"An unrepentantly joyful bit of whimsy, one that exudes a sense of magic on every page."—Publishers Weekly

"With this latest offering, Mahy places herself right up there with the nineteenth-century masters of the form, Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll."—Horn Book

"This innocently surreal and deceptively effortless depiction of play highlights the skills of two masters of the craft and is substantive cotton candy for reading aloud, moving along to, and enjoying."—Booklist