All Old Misery has in the world is a cat named Rutterkin and an apple tree. That might be enough if it weren’t for the fact that people come and steal her apples all the time, and Old Misery is too old to chase them off. One day an old man comes looking for food. Old Misery feeds him, and he says she can have a wish. She wishes anyone who steals her apples will stick to the tree until she lets them go. The next day, lots of people and creatures are stuck to the tree. After she tells them off, she lets them go. Word gets around and her apples are left alone. When Mr. Death comes to call, she tricks him into picking apples. Can this possibly end well?
Author James Sage has written what has the feel of an old-fashioned fable teaching one to be careful what one asks for. The simple black illustrations by Russell Ayto bring to mind the illustrations of Edward Gorey. This is marketed as a book for very young children, but while well done, the story is too dark and scary for most kids.
|Author||James Sage • Russell Ayto, Illustrator|
|Page Count||40 pages|
|Publisher||Kids Can Press|
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