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  • "Fourteen curious, teasing, sometimes humorous and sometimes dark stories . . . create an extraordinary whole that offers new interpretations of the pictures while still leaving room to wonder."

    Julia Eccleshare, Guardian
  • "A beautifully produced, compelling book."

    NIcolette Jones, Sunday Times, Book of the Week
  • "Each contribution has its own telltale flavor of menace, leaving readers to discover their favourites...In life, it seems, as in this beguiling book, no one ever really gets the last word."

    New York Times (Editor's Choice)
  • "Fascinating"

    Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday, Best Books of the Year
  • "Van Allsburg’s haunting and evocative monochrome illustrations provide starting points for the appropriately eerie, often macbre narratives."

    Irish Times
  • "Simply breath taking . . . a collection that does justice to the seductive power of the illustrations themselves"

    Books for Keeps (Book of the Week)
  • "A true celebration of story telling. At times humourous, occasionally spine-tingling and often unpredictable, this book is a gift for anyone who loves a good story."

    The Bookseller
  • "Unpredictable, imaginative and thought-provoking, this is a diverse and suitably mysterious collection"

  • "Eerie and wonderful. Strange and unpredictable."

    School Library Journal
  • "Engaging with strokes of brilliance."


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