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The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum

2.57  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Lack of self-control has shocking consequences, but inventiveness carries the day in a contemporary fairy tale from Newbery Medalist Nancy Willard, with art by Kevin Hawkes.

Little Tom Drum loves strawberry pie so much that he creeps down to the kitchen at night to get one more slice of that sweet, flaky goodness resting on the windowsill in the moonlight . . . pie his moth
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 10th 2015 by Candlewick Press (first published February 10th 2015)

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Jun 10, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
Reviewed for School Library Journal, December 2014

PreS-Gr 3: Little Tom Drum loves nothing more than strawberry pie, and he always begs for more. One fateful evening, his mother teases him, asking him if he has "three mouths." Unfortunately for all, the child responds in the affirmative. That evening, as he is sneaking more pie, he suddenly has three mouths, an extra one on each side of his face. The whole family is sent into a tailspin, and they agree he must quit school and be taught at home.
Mar 19, 2015 Jillian rated it it was ok
I'm still trying to ponder my reaction to this book.

It's a whimsical, far-fetched, magically realistic fairy tale - it's got a little bit of a lesson in self-control, a dash of self-love and acceptance, a pinch of creativity... I just really can't tell whether it's trying *too hard* to be sparkly and whimsical.

I'm stumped on this one!
Apr 28, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
Magical realism for kids! Like a fairy tale in the sense that there's a lesson learned with moral value. I like that Little Tom Drum is an inventor. The illustrations are beautiful and delicate even if those three mouths give me the willies.
Jun 03, 2015 Pat rated it did not like it
Nightmarish story of a boy who is horribly punished for "stealing" pie--which leads to his becoming an inventor? Willard's rare miscalculation of a compelling story.
Jonathan H.
Jan 28, 2015 Jonathan H. rated it liked it
Very bizarre little book. The illustrations look like something from an earlier time, and it's not a story that has a simple "moral of the tale" for kids.
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Jan 28, 2015 Edward Sullivan rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Strange fairy-tale like story about the consequences of lacking self-control.
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NANCY WILLARD is an award-winning children's author, poet, and essayist who received the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She has written dozens of volumes of children's fiction and poetry, including The Flying Bed, Sweep Dreams, and Cinderella's Dress. She is also the author of two novels for adults, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water, and twelve books of poetry, ...more
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