The Same Place But Different

Perry Nodelman, Author Simon & Schuster $15 (181p) ISBN 978-0-671-89839-7
Though Nodelman's (The Pleasures of Children's Literature) first novel for children shares some themes with Margaret Mahy's The Changeover, it lacks the metaphorical underpinnings that make Mahy's work so engrossing. When the Fairies (also called Strangers) whisk John Nesbit's baby sister off to Fairyland, the boy vows to find her. Conveniently, a classmate proves to be an escapee from Stranger country, and--before being abruptly removed from the plot--fills John in on pertinent Fairy data. In Fairyland, John has a near-sexual encounter with temptress Jenny Greenteeth (a scene which seems tacked on to display Nodelman's familiarity with the folklore) and strikes a bargain with the Strangers' queen; back in his own world, he engages in a spate of shape-shifting and derring-do. Throughout, the overly knowing narrative (``So I had to go the the very place where all these creepy creatures came from, and I had to find the queen of the whole damn bunch of them, who was sure to be the creepiest of all'') distances readers and muffles the powers of the legends invoked. Ages 8-12. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
Show other formats
FORMATS
Hardcover - 978-0-06-024259-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.