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A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End by Avi

A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End (2008)

by Avi

Other authors: Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)

Series: Small Snail (Book 2)

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whimsical, fun and funny. End of the Beginning the best of these two, but I'm glad the story continues. Amelia Bedelia for grownups. word play fun. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
For all writers and readers who muddle through the land mines of language and storytelling. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Thom Barthelmess (Booklist, Jul. 1, 2008 (Vol. 104, No. 21))
First introduced in the 2004 book The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant), Avon the Snail and Edward the Ant return, this time on a quest to write writing. Avon has decided to become an author, and Edward, with more ideas than practical ways to contribute, is determined to assist. The plot is minimal, and exists only as a field on which Avi engages in every manner of wordplay, crafting an early chapter book that sits squarely between Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia stories and Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine. The small trim size, large typeface, and Tusa’s sweet pencil sketches suggest an audience even younger than the target readership, though some of them won’t catch all the puns. But it’s easy to imagine the right child sitting at the dinner table or in the back seat of the car, or traipsing through the grocery store, exhausting the patience of assembled, captive family with a word-for-word account of Avon and Edward’s hilarious exploits. Grades 1-3
  suzcucch | Jul 19, 2010 |
Lots of humour, filled with puns and metaphors, although some of the humopur seems geared toward an audience older than the book seems to be for.
  toddphillips77 | Nov 25, 2009 |
Clever wordplay mixed with deep insights, but they come at the reader so quickly that it's hard to sit back and really appreciate them. So, perhaps, too clever by half. What I liked most were the title and the author's explanation of how he found it. ( )
  raizel | Nov 18, 2009 |
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It was a dull, rainy morning, utterly gloomy.
Some time ago one of my young readers wrote to me about writing. Among the many wise things he said was that a good story consists of "a beginning, a muddle, and an end." It was the smartest description of a story I've ever read.
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Avon the snail and Edward the ant are back for another funny--and philosophical--adventure. This time, Avon has decided he wants to be a writer, only to discover that writing is way more difficult than he ever imagined. He finally gets the word Something written down, but there's a problem: What to write next? Luckily, his friend Edward is there to advise.


Brimming with wit, wisdom, and humor, this warm and winning tale of two friends on a quest will be enjoyed by readers (and writers) of all ages.  

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Avon the snail decides to become a writer with the help of his friend Edward the ant, which leads them into a series of adventures involving close encounters with an anteater, a crow, a tree frog, and a hungry fish.

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