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Advice to Little Girls [Hardcover]

Mark Twain , Vladimir Radunsky
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Book Description

18 April 2013
You should ever bear in mind that it is to your kind parents that you are indebted for your food, and for the privilege of staying home from school when you let on that you are sick. Therefore you ought to respect their little prejudices, and humor their little whims, and put up with their little foibles until they get to crowding you too much. When Mark Twain wrote the sparky short story "Advice to Little Girls" in 1865, he probably didn't mean for it to be shown to them. Or maybe he did, since we all know Twain was a rascal. Now, author and illustrator Vladimir Radunsky has created a picture book based on Twain's text that adds all the right outlandish touches. Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. He wrote two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur, and inventor. Whether or not it was Mark Twain's actual intention for little girls to read this humorous short story, it's clear that he did not talk down to children, but rather expected them to stretch themselves in order to grasp sophisticated, adult meaning. Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many books to great acclaim. Recently, Radunsky has been moving farther and farther away from the traditional picture book and into other more innovative forms. The most recent example is a work published by HarperCollins of hip-hop poetry for children, where the graffiti art has migrated from the walls into a printed book. Radunsky has published more than thirty books for children, mostly in the United States. Many of them were translated and published in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan.

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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (18 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701292
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brain Pickings' Top 13 Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013 "Crisply satirical and a little subversive, Twain's short, acerbic sendup slyly exhorts little girls to take a calculating approach to manipulating friends, brothers and elders. [...] An elegant curiosity for admirers of Twain, Radunsky or both." -- Kirkus Review "Radunsky's ink flourishes and adorable, lumpy figures steal the stage." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie's Howdi Do. He is also the author-illustrator of 10 (ten), The Mighty Asparagus, and (with Chris Raschka) of Table Manners. Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. It is unknown whether it was Mark Twain's actual intention for little girls to read this humorous short story published in 1867. What is clear is that he did not talk down to children, but rather expected them to stretch themselves in order to grasp sophisticated and perhaps even adult meanings.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Thin 22 Feb 2014
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Pretty, arty, quirky but actually very thin and expensive. The publishers obviously think they are very clever. They've got my money so obviously they are. It's a silly book that will have Twain turning in his grave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good. 23 Jan 2014
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Seems an old fashioned cover. but the advice is as good today as it was back then when it was written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 31 May 2014
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Delightful illustrated book, perfect as a gift, either to a young girl or yourself. The drawings are beautiful and the contents are wonderfully cartoon like.
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Lovely little book,hard covered,tongue in cheek advice for my grandaughter ,hopefully she will treasure it .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky funny book. 25 Oct 2013
By Mary
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I bought this book for my young daughter (11 years) - it has unusual illustrations and really quirky messages for little girls.
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