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The Resource Old Misery, written by James Sage ; illustrated by Russell Ayto

Old Misery, written by James Sage ; illustrated by Russell Ayto

Label
Old Misery
Title
Old Misery
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written by James Sage ; illustrated by Russell Ayto
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Language
eng
Summary
"Old Misery comes by her name honestly. She has just two possessions that are worth anything to her: her cat, Rutterkin, and her apple tree. The apple tree would be something, if it weren't for the stealing. Her miserable days are spent hobbling up and down the hill, to shoo away the apple thieves. So when one day a lowly gentleman knocks at the door, asking for a meal in exchange for a wish, Old Misery is quick to accept. She wishes that whoever tries to steal apples off her tree will get stuck to it until she lets them go. Everything goes well for a long while, until there is another knock at the door. "Daisy me!" says Old Misery. It's Death come at last. But clever Old Misery has learned a thing or two in her long life. "I'm ready to go with you any time, Mr. D, only maybe you'd oblige me with one last little fancy ...?" Her only wish, she says, is to have one last sweet apple from her tree. So Mr. D climbs to the top of the tree, where the apples are the reddest and the sweetest, and chooses one. But when it comes to getting down, he finds he's stuck fast! He dangles there all that autumn, all of winter, into spring, and well into summer. And then one day, Old Misery says to him: "I'll tell you how it's going to be, Mr. D. You can come down if you let me live forever. Yep, forever. And you can do the same for old Rutterkin here, too." And Mr. D has no choice but to grant her wish. Now, you might think immortality would cheer her up, but it turns out it's not Old Misery who has the last laugh ... And that's how Misery comes to be the itch that can't be scratched."--
Summary
When Old Misery gets a wish from an old man she shared her food with, she wishes that whoever steals apples off her tree will get stuck to it, and when Death shows up to take her, she tries to trick him using her wish
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10659132
Cataloging source
NLC
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Sage, James
Dewey number
j813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
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Ayto, Russell
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True
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  • JUVENILE FICTION / General
  • Old age
  • Wishes
  • Humorous stories
  • Old age
  • Wishes
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Old Misery, written by James Sage ; illustrated by Russell Ayto
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn988886929
Dimensions
19 x 26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781771388238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)988886929
Label
Old Misery, written by James Sage ; illustrated by Russell Ayto
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn988886929
Dimensions
19 x 26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781771388238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)988886929

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