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Thirteen Unpredictable Tales (Uncollected)

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This collection of short stories by Paul Jennings are all entirely different, but all are wacky and extraordinary. Subjects range from the longest kiss ever, to a boy who becomes transparent, and all the stories are unpredictable!
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 25th 1997 by Penguin Group (first published 1996)
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Frankie Rufolo
May 19, 2016 Frankie Rufolo rated it really liked it
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Okay, I'm getting a bit of a man-crush on this children's author. I REALLY enjoyed this book.
The book lives up to its title - the short stories really ARE unpredictable, the twists were just great.
Some of them were very funny, some scary, some genuinely emotional. A lot of the time they're brilliantly surreal and cartoonish. There's Wallace and Gromit-esque inventions, body-horror, a Pygmalion story and then there's a funny story about a pet that seemed like something on Confessions with Simon M
Jan 28, 2014 Redfox5 rated it really liked it
Maybe it's just adult short stories I don't really like because I loved this! I didn't even like Paul Jennings when I was younger, I remember getting a couple of his book out of the libary and not being very impressed. I really liked all these stories. I don't think I can pick a favorite. 'No is Yes' sounds very much like a Roald Dahl story I read once but I can't find anything online about I need to know! Maybe I'm wrong but I'm sure the book came free with PG tips....?
Most (if not all?) of these were originally published in other collections.

* Ex Poser
* Spaghetti Pig-Out (so gross, I love it)
* Nails
* Pink Bow Tie
* Ice Maiden
* There's No Such Thing
* Only Gilt
* Clear as Mud
* The Strap Box Flyer (epic all-time favourite)
Brendan Marrett
Aug 31, 2014 Brendan Marrett rated it really liked it
Shocking, entertaining, and hilarious, Jennings offers us a truly great mix of short stories here. Undoubtedly one of the best books I read in the Noughties, and to be honest, I could easily re-read it and purchase Jenning's other collections.
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May 02, 2012 Paulene rated it really liked it
I've read this book when I was in 4th grade! Haha. I liked it. :) My imagination has gone wild because of this.
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It is very interesting although the cover looks like it's a horror book.
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Paul Jennings was born in Heston near London, and at the age of 6 emigrated to Melbourne, Australia on a boat. He was on the boat for 5 weeks with his family. He attended Bentleigh West Primary School and Caulfield Grammar School.

After graduating from school, he went to Frankston Teachers College (now part of Monash University) and became a teacher. He taught students at Frankston State School, Ka
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