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The Lost Happy Endings [Paperback]

Carol Ann Duffy , Jane Ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 July 2008
What would happen if we lost the happy endings to stories - imagine the tears at bedtime! A fantastic and magical tale about what happens when, one night, a wicked witch steals the happy endings to bedtime stories. It is up to Jub, the keeper of the happy endings, to save the day and ensure sweet dreams everywhere in this lyrical story about storytelling. In the tradition of classic fairy tales for children, Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray have created a truly compelling, surprising and beautiful story for children of all ages.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747581061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747581062
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 29.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2005, she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Rapture. In 2009, she was appointed Poet Laureate.

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'A powerful book for older readers' TES 'A marriage made in picture book heaven - Duffy's lyrical prose matched with Jane Ray's rich, magical illustrations' Financial Times 'This evocative story has particularly beautiful illustrations' Daily Mail

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester and is a renowned poet and winner of the Whitbread Award and T.S. Eliot Award. She has published several collections of poetry for children and this is her first full-length colour picture book. Jane Ray lives in London (N10) and is equally respected as an illustrator. Her books are received with great acclaim and she has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal as well as won the Smarties Award and Mother Goose Award. This is Jane's second book for Bloomsbury.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 4 Jan 2007
By jen,
A dark and powerful picture book for older children, Jane Ray's illustrations perfectly complement Carol Ann Duffy's beautiful prose. Duffy brings a fantastic lyricism to the language that is all too often lacking in children's books. The witch has "fierce red eyes like poisonous berries" and her touch "nipped like pepper". Children's literature is much richer for this partnership - more please!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Happy Endings 14 Mar 2008
We have used this book with more than 50 schools, the language is rich, the illustrations are inspiring and when you read to the point when she finds a golden pen the children cannot help but want to write. The beautiful descriptions help children to become lost in the world and their imagination takes them into the woods where Jub lives. They love to explore her home and how she lives. Children from age 5-11 have loved to listen to us telling the story and have become spell-bound.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What are some of these people on? 6 Feb 2011
By Merdych
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I'm a school librarian, with a deep interest in P4C (Philosophy for Children) and was looking for books to add to the stimuli bank. This seemed a likely candidate, but I was a little wary due to some of the reviews. However, I thought I'd chance it for a little over [..].

Books such as these are designed to make the reader (including young children) think. (Why IS that bit written in a different font, for example?) No doubt the people who have such negative thoughts about this are the same sort who won't read "Not Now, Bernard" because it "is about a little boy who is eaten by a monster". If the parents can't or won't think, what chance do the children have?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Happy Endings 14 Oct 2010
The Lost Happy Endings

Carol Ann Duffy's book is an outstanding masterpiece with beautiful illustrations and packed with powerful similes. This is the story of a six-fingered magical girl, who is the guardian of all the happy endings. Unfortunately, the happy endings are stolen by a haggard, demonic witch. After this every child in the land experiences nightmares and begins to wet the bed!!! In our opinion, this book is suitable for ages 7+.

By The Detectives
St Mary's C of E Primary School
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical Story for youngsters 29 Jan 2009
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The lost happy endings' is a magical book with beautiful illustrations, My son loved it and even my daughter who is 25 was entranced by the lovely images. A short and clever story supported by fabulous pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one for book shelf! 27 Jan 2010
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It's beautifully illustrated and a very interesting story.

Some reviewers recommend this for older children because it might be a bit scary at points I suppose. What I can say is that our 4 years old loves it, reads at bedtime and has never complained about it. It comes out time after time.

Thoroughly recommend it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for faint hearted children 1 Dec 2007
We borrowed this book from the library this morning and I have just read it to my soon to be 5 year old (unfortunately, as a bed time story). The language used is brilliant, but the story is a bit too scary, including a pretty detailed description of how the witch burns to death, and what she looks like while on fire. Ive seen this book rated in the 0-5 age group, but entirely disagree and think it should be 7-9 and not for faint hearted children. I definately will not be buying this book. I am on here looking for a more cheery story by same author though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 8 Jun 2014
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I first saw this at a literacy curriculum training event for primary school governors and was very impressed by the engaging story telling together with its combination of imaginative language and illustration. I bought it for the school with two other Carol Ann Duffy illustrated children's books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
I used this with my class and they loved it. Their imaginations soared and we even put our own happy endings on a tree in the woods. Excellent!!!
Published 3 months ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a lovely story book. Used with Year 6 for creative writing and produced some wonderful results. I recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Twigs
4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations disappointing
I thought the illustrations would be the same as in the much borrowed and much loved library hardback edition, but sadly the gold in the illusrations is no longer gold-just brown. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Flossie Anna
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsuitable for young children
My 4 year old came home with this from school as a 'picture book'. I became more & more horrified as the book went on! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars read it first before reading to children!
Although this may possibly succeed in being a beautifully written and illustrated traditional style story (I bought it to read to a year 2 class whose topic is "traditional... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diz Iz
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
fab book my daughter loved this book, she read it at school and wanted her own copy to read, 5 star product
Published 16 months ago by deborah povey
5.0 out of 5 stars book
arrived before christmas which was good as was a present
was well packaged with no damage
very pleased with purchase
Published 18 months ago by Penny Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought by special request!
Bought for my 8 yr old daughter at her request. My daughter loves this book and we love Jane Ray's pictures. Wish I could have them on my wall!
Published 19 months ago by TiggerMama
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! Graphic and unpleasant
This book is awful. Here is a sample: "Hansel and Gretel were trapped screaming in the gingerbread house while the wicked witch made the oven hotter and hotter. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Holly
2.0 out of 5 stars good for secondary age but not a picture book
Bought this book for my age 11 daughter. She has been studying Carol Ann Duffy at secondary school. In her own words she does not think the author likes writing for children. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by J. Abbott
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