0 thoughts on “The Devil’s Storybook

  1. NPR did a recent feature on children’s literature which piqued my interest because I wasn’t aware children read anymore. I listened as a children’s book author reviewed her favorite books from childhood and reveled in her choices, which included The Boxcar Children series (which I read over a summer in grade school; probably between 2nd and 3rd grade) and Roald Dahl’s entire catalog of work. I realized that what this children’s author and I had in common was that as kids we clearly both valued b

  2. I found this discarded library book at a garage sale and I’m so glad I picked it up. It’s a truly unique book of tales featuring the Devil in various adventures and plots to pull one over on someone else. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails. Another reviewer said that it’s usually the character with the least common sense that loses in the end, and I agree with this. Sometimes he’s the sensible one who’s stuck with incompetent minions (and I end up feeling bad for him!)

    This book is unique

  3. I spent two weeks reading all of Natalie Babbit’s books. I am better for it, and this was a stand out even among such exceptional works. To quote Jean Stafford’s review: “The Devil is not dire; he is a scheming practical joker and comes to earth often when he is restless, to play tricks on clergymen, goodwives, poets, and pretty girls.” A books for bright children (why not?) and their parents to share. I would say this book is like I.B. Singer for young readers, but he wrote wonderful books for

  4. Entertaining, light read. Each of the ten stories revolve around the Devil himself in some way or other.


    The Very Pretty Lady
    The Harps of Heaven
    The Imp in the Basket*
    A Palindrome***
    The Rose and the Minor Demon
    The Power of Speech

    *This was my favorite story of the bunch. I loved the ambiguity of it all.

    **A close second for favorite story. The ending clinched it as a standout

    ***This one sticks with me as well. Even when the Devil doesn’t get his way, we can sti

  5. A short collection of young adult stories about the dealings of the Devil in and out of Hell and the poor ones he tries to torture or just decides to make their lives a living hell. This is a book written with great humor and irony. If only the Devil would learn from his own mistakes! 😉

    Clever and well written. Same author as Tuck Everlasting.

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