A Tall Story and Other Tales by Margaret Mahy

By Margaret Mahy

A suite of ingenious and funny tales offers with an uncle who loves to speak about his adventures, a trip from Aunt Nasty, the relatives witch, a lady who doesn't have a kite to fly on Kite Saturday, and different events

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She liked his silvery gray coat, which was shaggy and hung down almost to his feet, and she liked a broomstick. merry ears which stuck up straight into the air and then changed their minds and hung down at the tips. " Mrs. Rose asked him, and he wriggled his nose in a dog grin and wagged his tail. "Very well," said Mrs. " On Saturday night Mrs. Rose put on her hat and cloak and tucked her wand into her belt. She climbed onto her broomstick. Nightshade hopped on behind as if he had been born to it.

I'll call Mr. Davis. We bought the house from him, and he might be able to tell us something. Monty waited by the phone as his father telephoned. He tried to guess from his father's words what Mr. Davis was saying. It was nothing interesting. Mr. Davis knew nothing about boxes of treasure buried in the garden. Monty's father put down the phone. "He says that the people . who it, . lived here while he was renting the house, before we bought had only grown-up daughters. "It's a boy's treasure," said Monty.

Rose. ) "Well, no, I don't fancy that, "said Mrs. Rose. "I'd never be good enough to play with you, my dear. No, I've had something in mind for a day or — — two: I think I'll learn to be a witch. " "They certainly have some unusual classes at night school these days," said Mr. Rose. "Just as you like, my dear. " Mrs. Rose turned out to be very good at witchcraft. While other pupils were struggling to pull rabbits out of hats, Mrs. Rose was able to pull out ribbons, sparrows, buttercups and daisies, little and poems written in gold on pink paper.

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