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THE MAN FROM FANDANGO book review by S.A. Barone

children's book review by S.A. Barone

This wonderful whimsical book was written by the late, great, children’s writer, Margaret Mahy.

According to the Horn Book Magazine, about Books for Children and Young Adults, Margaret Mahy’s books are like stepping into her imagination.  When she describes the man from the Land of Fandango it’s like she is describing herself.  Someone who brings joy and excitement to children and ‘is given to dancing and dreams’ sounds exactly like Margaret.

 Her text is wonderful and bounces you along with rhythm and rhyme.  “Jingles and jongles and jangles’ and he juggles with junkets and jam in a jar.”  How fantastic is that to read with a child.

Children will smile from beginning to end with this story.  So will the adults, it’s fun to read and it’s fun to watch how much the children enjoy this book.

 The illustrator, Polly Dunbar has illustrated three other books for Margaret Mahy.  Her style is just perfect for Mahy’s wacky poems.  Polly Dunbar’s illustrations, her soft colors and watercolor like style are magical and full of joy and laughter.

 One review I read said, “Even the words on the page look like they’re having fun in this book, as they dance all over the place.”  After reading this book, I totally agree.

 This book is a must for any child’s library.  Don’t miss it, better yet, don’t let your child miss it.

 Happy Reading!

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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