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Anansi and the Magic Stick - Not Available - Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Contributor(s):Stevens, Janet (Illustrator) , Kimmel, Eric A (Retold by)

ISBN: 0823414434   EAN: 9780823414437
Publisher: Holiday House
US SRP: $ 17.95 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 01/01/2001
: It's a fine bright day, and all the animals are working--all except Anansi, that is! He's sleeping, as usual. Warthog, Lion, and Zebra laugh so hard at his messy house that they wake him up. Anansi stomps off in a huff--right into an amazing secret! Hyena ...

Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#59478376
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
LC Subjects:
-Anansi (Legendary character) -Folklore
-Africa, West
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | West Africa
Awards: North Carolina Children's Book Award | Nominee | Picture Book | 2004 - 2004
Dewey: 398.2452544
LC Call Number: PZ8.1.K567
LCCN: 00039608
Features: Dust Cover, Illustrated
Target Age Group: 04 to 08
Physical Info: 0.34" H x 9.8" L x 10.26" W (0.86 lbs) 32 pages
Carton Quantity: 36  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/2002):
Anansi the spider steals Hyenas magic stick to help with his housework, but when Anansi falls asleep, the stick overwaters the garden, creating a flood that washes all the neighboring animals away. This retelling of a Liberian tale has a storytellers voice and a sprightly pace. In general, the animated illustrations enhance this story, but the gratuitous appearance of Stevens and Kimmel in one spread is jarring. (Copyright 2002 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

Booklist (09/15/2001):
Ages 3-7. Part trickster tale, part sorcerer's apprentice story, this picture book about Anansi the Spider is loosely based on the West African story "The Magic Hoe." Anansi steals a magic stick that obeys the spider's orders to clear up the yard, paint his house, and water his garden. Unfortunately, Anansi forgets how to stop the stick, the magic gets out of control, and the world is transformed. It's a long way from the original tale, but Kimmel tells it with cheerful energy, and Stevens' chaotic mixed-media illustrations, with lots of bright pink and green, show Anansi's friends and neighbors--warthog, lion, hyena, zebra, and, in one picture, Kimmel and Stevens--caught up in the mess. The slapstick of the trickster out-tricked is a lot of fun, and preschoolers will want to join in the rhythmic chant, "Hocus pocus, Magic Stick . . . ."(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2001, American Library Association.)

School Library Journal (09/01/2001):
PreS-Gr 3-One fine day finds all of the animals working, working, working, except for Anansi, who would much rather lounge and think than work, even though his house and garden are going to ruin. When he notices that Hyena has a magic stick to do all of his chores, he steals it. "Hocus-pocus, Magic Stick./Plant and water./Quick, quick, quick!" That part works well enough, but when the trickster falls asleep, the stick just keeps watering, watering, watering, until his garden turns into a mighty river and then a lake. When he wakes up, he can't remember the magic words that will stop the stick. Fortunately, Hyena floats and saves the day, but does that teach the spider a lesson? Of course not, and the story ends as he is "planning new tricks, which is just what Anansi does best." This tale has a more traditional ring to it than Kimmel and Stevens's Anansi and the Talking Melon (Holiday, 1994), but whimsical illustrations add a modern-day appearance. The stick waters with an assortment of up-to-date hoses, watering cans, and a circular sprinkler, and the characters include a warthog in a bathing cap, a hare wearing water wings, and caricatures of the author in a dinosaur tube and the illustrator clutching a brush in her teeth. The art has a softer focus than in Talking Melon but the same bright colors fill the pages, and the whole adds up to an enjoyable offering that is clever, funny, surprising, and traditional all at once.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2001 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly (12/24/2001):
In Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Janet Stevens, the arachnid goes too far. Anansi steals the napping Hyena's magic housekeeping stick to water his garden. Unattended, the water floods the town. Stevens's comic creatures with their surprised expressions add kid appeal. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

Marc Notes:
4-8.; Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do the chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for.

Review Citations:
  • Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/2001 pg. 1029 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 09/01/2001 pg. 216 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 09/15/2001 pg. 228 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2001 pg. 144 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 12/24/2001 pg. 67 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2001 pg. 119 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2002 pg. 119 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 12/24/2001 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 04/04/2018 (EAN 9780823414437, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591125198, Compact Disc)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591125075, Compact Disc)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591124832, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591125068, Compact Disc)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591124825, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2004 pg. 79 (EAN 9781591124818, Analog Audio Cassette)

Contributor Bio: Stevens, Janet
JANET STEVENS is the author and illustrator of many popular and award-winning books for children, including the "Caldecott Honor Book Tops & Bottoms," the Texas Bluebonnet winner "Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!," and the Texas Bluebonnet nominee "And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon." She also illustrated "To Market, To Market" by Anne Miranda, an ABBY Honor Book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL has collaborated with Janet Stevens, her sister, on several picture books, including the Texas Bluebonnet winner Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! and the Texas Bluebonnet nominee And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. A former high school teacher, she now spends her time writing and doing author visits at schools. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Contributor Bio: Kimmel, Eric A
Eric A. Kimmel has written, retold, and adapted a number of stories from around the world, including two other Anansi titles, "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" and "Anansi Goes Fishing." The Anansi Tales are originally from West Africa but are also familiar in Caribbean culture, where Anansi is a beloved folklore character. Professor of Education at Portland State University, Dr. Kimmel and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.

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