The Dreamfighter And Other Creation Tales
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The Dreamfighter And Other Creation Tales

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Ted Hughes's critically acclaimed creation stories for children appear here in one collected volume for the first time. These are mesmerising tales from a master storyteller about the creatures around us - how they came to be the shape that they are, and why they behave as they do. The stories span the age range from 4 to 14 and are ideal for reading out loud and sharing a...more
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Published October 7th 2004 by Faber & Faber (first published 1995)
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Manny
I was so taken with these brilliantly updated versions of the Just-So Stories that I had to try and write one myself. Alas, all I have to show for my pains is a lump of clay. If I were Ted Hughes or God (he appears to be a kind of idealised self-portrait), I'd know how to breathe life into it. But I'm just mortal.

Anyway, here's my lump of clay...

The Storyteller

Woman was bored. "Go and ride Horse!" said Man. That usually worked. But now, she just sighed.

"I need entertainment!" she said. "I need s...more
Robert
Hughes' take on the Just-So stories sees God working hard on Creation. It's taking him much longer than seven days; he's designing each plant and creature in clay and then breathing life in to it. He's also experiencing a remarkable number of accidents, mishaps, mistakes and malicious interferences, what with Demons, Space Beings and a Poltergeist behaving maliciously and various critters (Man and Woman, not least) complaining about things.

Learn what Whale was doing in God's vegetable patch, how...more
An Odd1
"The Dreamfighter and other Creation tales" by Ted Hughes are 11 animals that a powerful God gives life, between yawns and scratches. What "could he call such a mixture? ... Man might get it right." p37 We guess plays on name sounds, like luna-lupine, goku-cuckoo, smile at impossible acts by talking beasts and God's helpful mother. Mischief and justice romp merrily. Humor twists in original convolutions. Plot hints do not expose the whole tangled webs.
Goku is an Angel punished for nasty tricks,...more
Ivon Drew
A book of mysteries and magic, well mostly creation really, it is highly recommeneded to around 7 year ols but im 16 and i still enjoy it, its a book of where the animals were made by go and tales of mythical beasts and why animals act as they do, these all still match to the present day.
Kenna
A lovely collection of short stories. Imaginative and unusual I would highly recommend it.
Michelle
Delightful, imaginative and written in perfect English. The epitome of proper grammar.
Senik Grigoryan
this is just a book my english teacher made me read
Signe
Cute.
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular...more
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“One day God felt he ought to give his workshop a spring clean... It was amazing what ragged bits and pieces came from under his workbench as he swept. Beginnings of creatures, bits that looked useful but had seemed wrong, ideas he'd mislaid and forgotten... There was even a tiny lump of sun. He scratched his head. What could be done with all this rubbish?” 6 likes
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