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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by [Catherine Lewis, Joost Swarte]

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* "From allegory to verisimilitude, the three blind mice demonstrate a wealth of literary terms.
Named Pee Wee, Oscar and Mary, the famous mice start with their basic "Story" and ring the changes on it using a variety of literary tools.... Clever line drawings by Swarte enliven every page, and Lewis' own comments add graceful explanation.... Treatment of each topic is brief, though artful, but an exhaustive glossary--intelligent, witty, thoughtfully referential and written in a voice as distinctive as William Strunk's--provides further elucidation and heft (it also doubles as an index).
A sparkling celebration of the craft of writing that easily rises to the level of belles lettres itself."--Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW

* "Lewis makes wonderfully clever use of the "Three Blind Mice" nursery rhyme to illustrate nearly 100 elements of writing and literature--plot, dialogue, flashbacks, coincidence, and more. The concept of sentimentality is framed as a publisher's rejection letter, picking apart a mouse's mawkish manuscript; "Wow, that's sharp!" remarks another mouse, gingerly touching a kitchen knife on a page about foreshadowing. Lewis expands on each term in brief "Snip of the Tale" summaries and an extensive appendix. "It's not just the idea, but the author's way of putting it," she writes of style, following samples from the likes of Dickens Mouse and Hemingway Mouse ("Three mice. Woman with knife. No tails"). Swarte's clean-line b&w cartoons ramp up the energy and comedy. For writers of any age, it's a very funny and useful resource."--Publishers Weekly, July 8, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Catherine Lewis worked as a emergency medical technician and police officer while honing her writing skills. Now she is a professor of creative writing at Purchase College and lives in New York City. Her first novel, Dry Fire, was for adults; Postcards to Father Abraham was her critically acclaimed debut young adult novel. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B00BAWBPRO
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers (27 August 2013)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 9024 KB
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  • Print length : 145 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B00EFX5G5W
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Luke Walker
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Catherine C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars it will STILL be useful when she is 16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, practical, and fun
Reviewed in the United States on 27 January 2014
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