The Devil's Storybook

The Devil's Storybook

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Book - 1974 | 1st ed.
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Ten stories recount the Devil's exploits, successes and failures, in Hell and in the world above.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, [1974]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374317706
0374317704
Branch Call Number: J BABBITT
Characteristics: 101 p. illus. 22 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 06, 2018

10 short stories on a 5th-6th grade reading level, primarily humorous, about people outwitting the Devil or the Devil outwitting people. Each story is a little gem. Babbitt’s Devil is a pompous fellow, a bit bored, who runs an organized Hell. He tries tricks like pretending to be a fairy godmother and granting three wishes or breaking up love relationships, and he is always surprised by human behavior. My favorite story, “Ashes”, is a perfect example of storytelling humor, when a man ends up in Hell, accompanied by a pig that he can’t seem to get rid of. I wish I could read it aloud to you.

PimaLib_JB Nov 02, 2016

One of my childhood favorites! Enjoy ten darkly ironic stories of the Devil trying to outsmart -- and usually, ending up outsmarted by -- everyone else. Natalie Babbitt passed away on 10/31: reading this aloud to the Wednesday-Addams-esque child in your life would be a great way to remember her.

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