egogrif, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by egogrif)
This is one of the strangest, most delightful little stories you will ever read! Like a literary version of a Victorian "cabinet of curiosities," the story is full of oddities and surprises and characters that are not easily forgotten. It will leave you scratching your head, to be sure...and make Alice in Wonderland seem tame by comparison! I couldn't put it down. I never knew what sort of strange things would happen to poor little Tom next!
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A young chimney sweep enters a magical waterworld where he meets creatures that teach him the difference between right and wrong. Delightful characters such as Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby will enchant today's young readers just as they did well over a century ago. A lavish edition of a children's classic. 32 illustrations.
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