The Boy Who Was Always Late

Tomorrow Publishing House

$13.95 

Every morning, John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets off along the road to learn and is waylaid by very unusual occurrencesa lion in the woods, a crocodile in the river, a tidal wavethat, according to his teacher, simply couldn't have happened. So, every afternoon he must stay after school to write out his punishment. But one morning as he hurries along, nothing happens, and he arrives at school on time. His teacher, however, is being held up in the roof by a great big hairy gorilla and demands help. John Patrick Norman McHennessy replies, "There are no such things as great big hairy gorillas in the roofs around here, Sir." And off he goes. Is this a fable about the learning of self-deception, a sort of variation on the boy-who-cried-wolf theme? Has John Patrick Norman McHennessy, long punished for telling the truth, uncovered the value of of lying? While children will enjoy the hero's telling off his teacher, adults may find a deeper meaning in Burningham's humorthat knowledge of what is real and what is not can be fickle next to tried-and-true experience. Ages 4-7.

本书是由荣获两次凯特·格林威尔大奖的童画大师 ──约翰·柏林罕所创作的。本书在幽默中阐述了人与人之间最重要的「信任」问题,本书首先映入眼帘的,是满满一页歪斜的字,其中一半的「丢」全写成了 「去」,怎么回事呢?原来约翰帕克罗门麦肯席走路来上学,途中发生好多不可思议的事而迟到了,但老师都不肯相信他,要他罚写300次!

书中老师与学生两个角色,透过幽默而鲜明的图画,将两人一来一往的互动清楚的传达出来。从家里出发,走路去上学,到进入教室这样一个在单纯不过的事件,因为一个个匪夷所思的状况而带来意想不到的改变。这当中耐人寻味的前因后果,就留待读者细细咀嚼了。

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