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Frances makes herself very important in the family with her songs.
Thelma plays a mean trick on frances. Gloria finds out about it. Frances wants to get even, but how? A good laugh. (Other books about Frances are available from Bookshare.)
The big hand of the clock is at 12. The little hand is at 7. It is seven o' clock. It is bedtime for Frances. It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one from Mother. And then there are tigers and giants and ominous cracks in the ceiling to keep her up. Will Frances ever go to sleep? Images and image descriptions available.
"Today is my wandering day," says Albert when Frances invites him to play ball. And Frances is left to her own resources and her little sister Gloria, who is "not much good at all, except for crying." When Albert compounds his unreliability with a "no-girls" baseball game the next day, our high-spirited heroine acts quickly, and organizes with Gloria a "BEST FRIENDS OUTING--NO BOYS." How Frances convinces Albert of the value of her friendship and learns to appreciate Gloria while doing it will interest and amuse both children and parents. And readers who have found Frances equal to most occasions in BEDTIME FOR FRANCES, A BABY SISTER FOR FRANCES, BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES, and A BIRTHDAY FOR FRANCES will be pleased to see how the irrepressible little badger handles another solidly real problem.
"Frances' little sister Gloria is the birthday girl, and Frances is the girl who wishes it were her birthday instead. Sulking in the broom closet, she watches her mother and Gloria making party decorations. Sulking on the porch, she sees Mother Badger wrapping Gloria's presents. Finally, Frances rises to the occasion, and in a burst of generosity decides that she will give her sister a present too. Buying the present is easy but actually handing it to Gloria is something else again." Other books about Frances are available from Bookshare.
Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets. Unless Mother can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever! Images and Image descriptions present.
Sister and Brother are fighting. Harvey will not let his sister, Mildred, ride on his raft. Mildred will not let her brother, Harvey, come to her tea party. Will they ever be friends again?
The grumbling, not nice Brute family learn little by little how to be nice.
From the book jacket: The remarkable originality of Riddley Walker will be no surprise to readers of Russell Ho ban's earlier novels, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, Kleinzeit, and Turtle Diary. In Riddley Walker we find Russell Hoban's most extraordinary hero. Long after the end of our time, when killer dogs roam England and green rot grows on the rubble of Canterbury, Riddley Walker's people dig for old iron and talk of lost cleverness, of boats in the air and pictures on the wind. Riddley Walker has just gone through his initiation ceremony as a connection man, a priest ordained with a scar on his belly, who interprets the puppet shows performed by the government's traveling showmen. In a time of mystery and change, he walks his riddles through the end of a hunting-gathering culture to the rediscovery of gunpowder and the future it will bring. In Riddley Walker, his world, and his language, Russell Hoban has redrawn the defining lines of fiction. Riddley speaks in a language we don't speak but all know, he walks riddles we want answered though we may not ask the questions. It is a book transfixing in its newness and strange familiarity. To read it once opens for the reader an experience to which he will long to return.
"A hero with Huck Finn's heart and charm, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy.... Riddley Walker is haunting and fiercely imagined and--this matters most--intensely ponderable." --Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review"This is what literature is meant to be." --Anthony Burgess"Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinary feat of imagination and style.... The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece." --Anthony Thwaite, Observer"Extraordinary... Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World"Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid." --John Leonard, The New York Times"Highly enjoyable... An intriguing plot... Ferociously inventive." --Walter Clemons, Newsweek"Astounding... Hoban's soaring flight of imagination is that golden rarity, a dazzlingly realized work of genius." --Jane Clapperton, Cosmopolitan"An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction.' --Paul Gray, TimeRiddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), Hoban has imagined a humanity regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state--and invented a language to represent it. Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his culture--rebel, change agent, and artist. Read again or for the first time this masterpiece of 20th-century literature with new material by the author.
Life in a city can be atomizing, isolating. And it certainly is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers at the center of Russell Hoban's surprisingly heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of children's books, who, in her own estimation, "looks like the sort of spinster who doesn't keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Looks...like a man's woman who hasn't got a man." Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with "minds full of turtle thoughts," wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into William's bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality.