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The Pedant and the Shuffly

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The evil magician Snodrog ensnares his victims with his inescapable logic and transforms them into Flimsies (stained handkerchiefs)...until the kindly sorcerer, Sir Bertram Crabtree-Gore (Esq.) enlists the help of a magical Shuffly (Latin name: Scuffulans Hirsutus)...and Snodrog meets his match!
Paperback, 74 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Mythopoeic Pr (first published February 1968)
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Owen
Jan 11, 2014 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One reason I love John Bellairs is because of his sense of humor, which for some reason mostly appears in his adult fiction (his children's books are more serious). I feel like it is very similar to my sense of humor, dry and sarcastic and bizarre. The Pedant and the Shuffly is filled with humorous bits, which I will share with you:

On nights when the moon was a lost pale pizza floating above the quivering treetops...

This curious escutcheon dated from the siege of Grisly Grange in 982, when Sir B
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Daniel
Jul 26, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Prior to writing his gothic horror young adult novels, John Bellairs had two books published for adults, this and "The Face in the Frost". In both it is easy to see why his publisher/editor had him change "The House with a Clock in its Walls" to a book geared for children. Bellairs has a flare for lightheartedness and whimsy, even when tackling dark or complex issues. This book is short, but heavy, replete with satire, absurdity, and Bellairs deep interest in "Classical Academics/History", notab ...more
Patrick Reinhart
Huge fan of John Bellairs, but I'd only ever read his young adult gothics before today. "The Pedant and the Shuffly" predates those, and is marvelously absurd. Think Roald Dahl, James Thurber... and a little Edward Gorey, as well. As much as I really do enjoy his more popular works, it's nice to read a differently-skewed side of Bellairs! Recommended for one and all. The illustrations complement the text nicely, too!
Tyler
Feb 11, 2008 Tyler rated it it was amazing
This was originally published in 1968 and that's the one to get your hands on.
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John Bellairs (1938–1991) was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre. He is best-known for the children's classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973) and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost (1969). Bellairs held a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a master's in English from the University of Chicago. He combined writing and teaching f ...more
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“Suddenly the air got colder, and a black cloud appeared - the black cloud that you saw before, since Snodrog was, at bottom, a cheapskate. Only this time the cloud looked like an overdone hamburger, and it hovered low over the Shuffly's head. Then Snodrog's devious machine spread under the Shuffly's unsuspecting feet a glistening patina of Generalizations, and the immobilized hulk slid the hill into the valley below, ricocheting off trees with a sound like wet sponges being slapped on kitchen sinks.” 2 likes
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