In this Caldecott Medal-winning tale set in Old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling—and must outwit the wicked three-eyed oni when she lands in their clutches. “The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story. . . . It’s all done with a commendable amount of taste, imagination, and style.”—School Library Journal (starred review) “A beautifully convincing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review “A good read-aloud with lots of suspense.”—Learning Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book Child Study Association Book of the Year The Horn Book Fanfare
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About Arlene Mosel
Arlene Mosel (1921–1996) first heard the story of Tikki Tikki
Tembo as a child. When she grew up, she shared this wonderful tale with
countless children, including her own. Because so many young listeners
responded enthusiastically, she decided to write her own retelling, and Tikki Tikki Tembo
became her first book for children. The book was named an American
Library Association Notable Book and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award. In 1997, the New York Times named it one of the best fifty children’s books of the previous fifty years. Mosel was also the author of The Funny Little Woman,
which won the 1973 Caldecott Medal for Blair Lent’s illustrations and
was recognized as an Honor Book by the Hans Christian Andersen
International Children’s Book Awards. Mosel was an associate professor
of library science at Case Western Reserve University.