A hilarious, lively picture book. Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his legs. But when he has to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticketand has to dance his way out of his clothes to find it!
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|Library of Congress
||New Zealand, Railroad stations, New Zealand - History - 20th century, Tickets
Description of this Book
A hilarious, lively picture book by two of the luminaries of New Zealand children's books. Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat...Where is Mister Whistler's ticket?
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Russell Clark Medal for Illustration 2013
Short-listed for New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Picture Book 2013
||This second posthumously published work by the late Mahy, after The Man from the Land of Fandango, is distinctive and full of sly humor. Mister Whistler loves to dance so much that when his Great-Aunt Lydia calls him for help washing her windows, he can barely tear himself away. He heads for the train station, puts his ticket between his teeth for safekeeping, checks for a clean handkerchief, then panics: 'No ticket!' Every pocket is empty (viewers can see the ticket clenched between his teeth the whole time), and he strips down to his polka-dotted boxers in a frenzy that's half ticket-hunt and half dance: 'Mister Whistler spun in wild circles, keeping time with the music in his head.' Entertained onlookers put money in his hat--which, it turns out, he needs to fund another ticket purchase. Bishop's ink-and-watercolor drawings perform as brilliantly as Mister Whistler himself, showing the action clearly and giving the lines and drape of Mister Whistler's generous tweed coat the grace of a dancing partner. This is the kind of picture book that families fall in love with. --Publishers Weekly--Journal Young movers and shakers will find a kindred spirit in Mister Whistler. He always has a song in his head, a dance coursing through his body, and a difficult time concentrating on anything else. A telephone call from Great-Aunt Lydia awakens him from a tangled-in-sheets, toe-tapping reverie; he dresses quickly in response to her request regarding window washing. Giggles will ensue when Whistler appears in long polka-dotted boxers and dons checkered pants, a striped shirt, a wildly patterned 'waistcoat, ' and a long fur-trimmed coat before heading to the train station. Bishop's illustrations evoke an old-world feel, and his strong diagonal lines, busy patterns, and constantly changing positions create a convincing sense of energy as the protagonist jives to the flowing musical notes in every scene. Mistress of the appropriate rhythm for every narrative arc, Mahy picks up the pace as Whistler hustles to the station: 'Am I neatly dressed? Yes! Neat as a pin. Have I got my ticket? Yes! It's here in my hand. Do I have a nice clean freshly ironed handkerchief? Let me check.' She punctuates paragraphs with shorter phrases as he anxiously undresses (much to the amusement of the gathering passengers) to search for his ticket. Children will enjoy being in on its whereabouts and may guess at a solution the first-and second-time he needs one. Pair this with other favorite dance books, e.g., George Ancona's Let's Dance (HarperCollins, 1998), and then get up and boogie. The Locomotion, anyone? --School Library Journal --Journal
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best and most famous children's authors. She was born in Whakatane in 1936, and wrote her first story at the age of seven. She has gone on to win numerous honours for her books. Author lives in Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. Gavin Bishop is equally distinguished as author and illustrator. He has exhibited internationally, from Japan to Czechoslovakia, and was an international judge for the 2003 NOMA Concours competition for Children's Picture Book Illustration.