The Devil's Storybooks

Twenty Delightfully Wicked Stories

Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

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Every now and then, the Devil likes to pop up into the world for an adventure. He’s a trickster and a mischief-maker, and just as full of vanity and other human failings. But he’s also a gifted storyteller. The Devil’s antics are presented in these two collections of stories, The Devil’s Storybook and The Devil’s Other Storybook, together in one volume. They make for delightfully wicked reading and are accompanied by charming illustrations by Natalie Babbitt.

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The Devil's Storybooks
The Devil's StorybookWISHESONE DAY when things were dull in Hell, the Devil fished around in his bag of disguises, dressed himself as a fairy godmother, and came up into the World to find someone to bother. He wandered down the first country road he came to and before long he met a crabby farm wife stumping along with a load of switches on her back."Good morning, my dear," said the Devil in his best fairy-godmother voice. "It's a fine day, isn't it?""It's not," said the farm wife. "There hasn't been a fine day in the World in twenty years.

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“Ten comic stories about the machinations of the Devil to increase the population of his realm . . . The stories are delightful in their narrative fluency, full of surprises, and frequently spiced with dashes of Saki-like mischief. A suitably wicked but hilarious drawing accompanies each tale.”—The Horn Book,
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“High on my list is The Devil’s Storybook by Natalie Babbitt. This Devil is not dire; he is a scheming practical joker and comes to earth often when he is restless, to play tricks on clergymen, goodwives, poets, and pretty girls.”—Jean Stafford, The New Yorker
 
“A masterful Devil’s advocate, Natalie Babbitt presents ten brief testimonials to Satan’s unflagging gusto for dirty tricks. Paunchy and well past his prime, this Prince of Darkness is no Superdemon.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review 

“Begging to be quoted, to be read aloud, to be told, these wise tales should delight readers and listeners alike.”—Kirkus Reviews, in a pointer review for The Devil’s Other Storybook

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Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

Natalie Babbitt is a gifted artist and writer whose novels are inspired by a brilliance and imagination that is completely original. Her books include The Search for Delicious; Kneeknock Rise, a Newbery Honor Medal winner; and Tuck Everlasting, the enduring classic novel which has insured her place in the history of children’s literature. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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The Devil's Storybooks
Twenty Delightfully Wicked Stories
Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, IRA-CBC Children's Choices, National Book Awards - Finalist, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

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April 2012
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ISBN: 9780312641580
ISBN10: 0312641583
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages, B&W illustrations
Age Range: 8 to 12
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April 2012
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ISBN: 9781466802209
ISBN10: 1466802200
Middle-Grade Fiction208 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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