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The Pedant and the Shuffly

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  • Joan Marie Verba
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 15, 2001
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      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
      points
      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
      entrancing.--Sherwood Smith
    • Joan Marie Verba
      Correction: postage is $1.50, so the price is $7 plus $1.50 postage (for anyone who sends $2, I ll mail it first class). Make checks payable to the Mythopoeic
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 15, 2001
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        Correction: postage is $1.50, so the price is $7 plus $1.50 postage (for
        anyone who sends $2, I'll mail it first class).

        Make checks payable to the Mythopoeic Society
        Send to:
        Joan Marie Verba
        P O Box 1363
        Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
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