The Pedant and the Shuffly is now available from the Mythopoeic Press.
Price is $7 plus $2 postage and handling. Make check payable to the
Mythopoeic Society and mail to: Joan Marie Verba, P O Box 1363,
Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363.
The Pedant and the Shuffly
by John Bellairs
illustrated by Marilyn Fitschen
foreword by Brad Strickland
The evil magician Snodrog ensnares his victims with his inescapable
logic and transforms them into Flimsies (stained handkerchiefs)...until
the kindly sorcerer, Sir Bertram Crabtree-Gore (Esq.) enlists the help
of a magical Shuffly (Latin name: Scuffulans Hirsutus)...and Snodrog
meets his match!
John Bellairs was a one-of-a-kind writer, and The Pedant and the Shuffly
is a one-of-a-kind book. John Bellairs was a truly erudite man, able to
make wicked fun of meaningless erudition, and his unique wit romps
through every page of this book, whether you understand Latin, logic,
linguistics, logorrhea or not. To read it is to realize what a loss his
death was--not simply to fantasy, or to children's literature, but to
the English language, and to the art of storytelling, which he served so
well in the short time he had. I'm truly grateful to have any of John
Bellairs's books back in print. Especially this one. --Peter S. Beagle
"There arose a sound like 10,000 bouzoukis, and from the four known
of the compass Flimsies came rustling, turning the night sky into a
gravy-stained wonder of whiteness."
Child or adult, who would not thrill to the cockeyed poesy of that
image? Kids who love wonderful, weird, and wacky stories will snicker
happily over Snodrog's misadventures. Adults who adore James Thurber at
his best, who have whispered Edward Gorey quotes to other adults In The
Know, will welcome this superb reprint from the Mythopoeic Press.
Read it to yourself, or better yet, read it aloud. It's