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Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 Unbelievable! : More Surprising Stories
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"Stare if you dare, into Paul Jennings' wild world. What happens when you grow younger? Where do ghosts sit their exams? How would you cope if a million birds did it on you? Where did the eyes in the bottle come from? Nine stories that you would never dream of." (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Wormwood Alex Burrows , Jutta Goetze , Piers Hobson , Sue Hore , David Rapsey , Maureen Sherlock , Meaghan Smith , James Beard , John Coulter , Elizabeth Huntley , ( dir. Mark DeFriest et. al. )agent Western Australia : Great Western Entertainment , 2007 Z1845696 2007 series - publisher film/TV children's fantasy

Based on various short stories by Paul Jennings, Wormwood follows the happenings in the small town of Wormwood, where the fact that the town's economy is based on the production and sale of worm excrement is not the strangest thing about the place.

Previous television series based on Jennings's short stories were Driven Crazy and Round the Twist.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai translations.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 1986 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Pink Bow Tie, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 1-6)
One Shot Toothpaste, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 7-15)
There's No Such Thing, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 16-28)
Inside Out, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 29-39)
The Busker, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 40-60)
Souperman, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 61-68)
The Gum Leaf War, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 69-87)
Birdscrap, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 88-97)
Snookle, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's (p. 98-104)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1986 .
      Extent: 103p.
      Edition info: A Puffin book
      Reprinted: 1987 four times , 1994 , 1988 twice , 1999 with ISBN 0141301716
      ISBN: 0140321497
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin ,
      1987 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Penguin. From the 1994 reprint.
      Extent: 103p.
      Reprinted: 1994 with ISBN 0140371001 , 1992 with ISBN 0140362452
      ISBN: 0140321497
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Uncollected Volume 1: Every Story from Unreal!, Unbelievable! and Quirky Tails Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Viking , 1998 Z834907 1998 selected work children's fiction children's humour Ringwood : Viking , 1998
Alternative title: Soeperman en andere knettergekke verhalen
Language: Dutch
    • Heemstede,
      c
      Netherlands,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Altamira ,
      1993 .
      Extent: 112p.
      ISBN: 9069632683

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Voracious Children : Who Eats Whom in Children's Literature Carolyn Daniel , London New York (City) : Routledge , 2006 16055228 2006 multi chapter work criticism

'Voracious Children explores food and the way it is used to seduce, to pleasure, and coerce not only the characters within children's literature but also its readers. There are a number of gripping questions concerning the quantity and quality of the food featured in children's fiction that immediately arise: why are feasting fantasies so prevalent, especially in the British classics? What exactly is their appeal to historical and contemporary readers? What do literary food events do to readers? Is food the sex of children's literature? The subject of children eating is compelling but, why is it that stories about children being eaten are not only horrifying but also so incredibly alluring? This book reveals that food in fiction does far, far more that just create verisimilitude or merely address greedy readers' desires. The author argues that the food trope in children's literature actually teaches children how to be human through the imperative to eat "good" food in a "proper" controlled manner. Examining timely topics such as childhood obesity and anorexia, the author demonstrates how children's literature routinely attempts to regulate childhood eating practices and only award subjectivity and agency to those characters who demonstrate "normal" appetites.

'Examining a wide range of children's literature classics from Little Red Riding Hood to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this book is an outstanding and unique enquiry into the function of food in children's literature, and it will make a significant contribution to the fields of both children's literature and the growing interdisciplinary domain of food, culture and society.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Popular as a Dirty Word : Investigating Literary and Cultural Biases Through a Study of Paul Jennings Jeri Kroll , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 261-281)
Popular as a Dirty Word : Investigating Literary and Cultural Biases Through a Study of Paul Jennings Jeri Kroll , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 261-281)
y separately published work icon Voracious Children : Who Eats Whom in Children's Literature Carolyn Daniel , London New York (City) : Routledge , 2006 16055228 2006 multi chapter work criticism

'Voracious Children explores food and the way it is used to seduce, to pleasure, and coerce not only the characters within children's literature but also its readers. There are a number of gripping questions concerning the quantity and quality of the food featured in children's fiction that immediately arise: why are feasting fantasies so prevalent, especially in the British classics? What exactly is their appeal to historical and contemporary readers? What do literary food events do to readers? Is food the sex of children's literature? The subject of children eating is compelling but, why is it that stories about children being eaten are not only horrifying but also so incredibly alluring? This book reveals that food in fiction does far, far more that just create verisimilitude or merely address greedy readers' desires. The author argues that the food trope in children's literature actually teaches children how to be human through the imperative to eat "good" food in a "proper" controlled manner. Examining timely topics such as childhood obesity and anorexia, the author demonstrates how children's literature routinely attempts to regulate childhood eating practices and only award subjectivity and agency to those characters who demonstrate "normal" appetites.

'Examining a wide range of children's literature classics from Little Red Riding Hood to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this book is an outstanding and unique enquiry into the function of food in children's literature, and it will make a significant contribution to the fields of both children's literature and the growing interdisciplinary domain of food, culture and society.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Awards

1991 winner KROC Awards
1991 winner KOALA Awards Infants/Primary
1988 winner YABBA Fiction for Older Readers
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