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Spiderman Anancy
Berry, James.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 1989.

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vii, 119 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A collection of twenty tales recounting the antics of the West Indian trickster Anancy and his companions Bro Monkey, Bro Dog, and Bro Tiger.
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PZ8.1.B4187 SP 1988 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A collection of twenty tales recounting the antics of the West Indian trickster Anancy and his companions Bro Monkey, Bro Dog, and Bro Tiger.

Author Notes

James Berry was born in coastal Jamaica on September 28, 1924. He worked for four years as a contract laborer on farms and in factories in the United States before moving to the United Kingdom. He joined the Post Office and spent 20 years as a telecommunications operator.

His first collection of poetry, Fractured Circles, was published in 1979. His other collections of poetry included Lucy's Letters and Loving, Chain of Days, Hot Cold Earth, Windrush Songs, and A Story I Am In. He won several awards including the National Poetry prize for Fantasy of an African Boy in 1981, the Smarties prize for A Thief in the Village and Other Stories in 1987, the Signal poetry award in 1989, and the Coretta Scott King book award in 1989. He was appointed OBE in 1990. He died on June 20, 2017 at the age of 92.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. First published in Great Britain in 1988, this collection of 20 Anancy stories springs from Africa by way of the West Indies. Born in Jamaica, Berry says in the book's introduction, "Anancy here is the African Anancy showing his new Caribbean roots." Just as in the African tales, the clever trickster uses cunning and spunk, but the colloquial speech patterns used in Berry's stories add distinctive spice. Olubo's evocative black-and-white ink drawings successfully combine the human/animal facets of the characters. A lively resource for large collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-- Anansi tales, or spider stories, are usually sure-fire winners for most storytellers. Readers have come to expect lively yarns when Anancy appears, perhaps with an explanation of how things came to be or a moral lesson in the bargain. Berry offers 20 spiderman stories, many of which may be new to most readers. While these new stories are welcome, they lack the sparkle associated with the wily spider. Also missing is the lyrical telling which usually animates these tales. ``Brother Anancy Fools Brother Fire'' in Dorothy Sharp Carter's Greedy Mariani: and other Folktales of the Antilles (Atheneum, 1974; o.p.) nearly crackles with playfulness and teasing banter. Equally engaging are the Anancy stories in Philip Sherlock's Ears and Tails and Common Sense (Crowell, 1974). They, too, capture that special flavor that is the essence of Anancy. Olubo's illustrations are interesting, but do nothing to bring Anancy to life. A disappointing collection. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.