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An extraordinary collection of unbelievable stories from the imagination of Paul Jennings Amazing things happen on the bus fear becomes real in the dead of night and the dentist has great stories to tell A truly fantastic read. Best stories of the book Inside out and The busker view spoiler Pink bow tie One shot toothpaste This was a funny story about a dentist helping make his child patients take their mind off the procedures.There is no such thing Inside out This is a story about a mean boy who likes horror getting a bit of a comeuppance when a ghost uses him for his ghosting exam the ghost has to scare the boy to pass I ve never forgotten Inside out kerfuffle although I m probably remembering that w Best stories of the book Inside out and The busker view spoiler Pink bow tie One shot toothpaste This was a funny story about a dentist helping make his child patients take their mind off the procedures.There is no such thing Inside out This is a story about a mean boy who likes horror getting a bit of a comeuppance when a ghost uses him for his ghosting exam the ghost has to scare the boy to pass I ve never forgotten Inside out kerfuffle although I m probably remembering that wrong p.The busker This is another amazing story about friendship and being grateful A selfish boy wants money to take a girl on a date, but his father refuses to give it to him He meets an old busker who tells the boy a story of working with his dog For a period, he s cruel to his dog Then he wins the lottery In an attempt to make people like him, he gives it away, but he s mobbed and in a turn of events the dog saves his life At the end of the story, the boy realises the girl isn t worth it.Souperman I didn t really like this story As a kid, I thought the soup part was gross.The gumleaf war Birdscrap Snookle A kid finds a creature who is like a servant, but it does TOO much He ends up giving it to an old woman who needs the help A good ending hide spoiler I read Pink Bow tie , one of the short stories in Unbelievable by Paul Jennings It is a story about a teenage boy who gets in trouble with the principle for dying his hair However, when he explains the truth about his hair and about the ice rager , things are about to change The twist at the end of the story will make you laugh and want to readI highly recommend this book for any gender, aged 12 and up I give this book a four star rating. These hi lo readers served a really important literacy function in the 1980s and 90s, and I know a lot of adults owe a lot to Paul Jennings for providing fast moving, funny, gross out twisty tales which inspired a love of reading.Coming back to them now, in 2019, it s time to retire these books.There s much to say, but I ll just touch the surface here The problematic ideology reveals itself simply by describing the story from a shifted viewpoint Pink Bow Tie is a story about a school principa These hi lo readers served a really important literacy function in the 1980s and 90s, and I know a lot of adults owe a lot to Paul Jennings for providing fast moving, funny, gross out twisty tales which inspired a love of reading.Coming back to them now, in 2019, it s time to retire these books.There s much to say, but I ll just touch the surface here The problematic ideology reveals itself simply by describing the story from a shifted viewpoint Pink Bow Tie is a story about a school principal who hires a seventeen year old secretary because he is sexually attracted to her When he confiscates an age changing device from one of his students, he turns himself into an 18 year old so he can date his 17 year old secretary.Stephenie Meyer was roundly criticised for a creepy age different romance in her Twilight series, yet Paul Jennings did it first, in a series for much younger readers The Busker is a story about a girl who doesn t want to go out with a boy, but he keeps asking, so rather than turning him down with a flat no risking further bother or, maybe she did that, off the page , she agrees to go out with him, but only if he can afford to take her by taxi She knows he hasn t got the money, so this feels safe at the time Down on the beach on an unlikely quest for money, the boy meets a mysterious figure who tells him a tale Boy realises money can t buy love But mainly, he doesn t want to date this gold digger bitch anyhow However, he does get his hands on the money, and rather than leave her alone, he goes round to her house to tell her to go jump in the lake Coincidentally, the boy this girl is already dating happens to be called Brad , which makes our creepy little main dude viewpoint character a proto Incel stalker Try reading Paul Jennings stories from another character s point of view The system of misogyny typical of 1980s Australia reveals itself in these pages My problem is that child readers won t see it Drawn in by the funny twists and gags, they ll only absorb it It s May 2020 and today I was sitting in the floor trying to see my face in the wall mounted mirror without having to stand up I had to tilt my head almost directly up to see my reflection Suddenly when I was doing this I had the most profound memory from deep within my childhood overcome me I suddenly remembered the busker story of the man who was trapped down the well and his neck got stuck looking up I hadn t thought of Paul Jennings or these stories at all for maybe 5 years but today a It s May 2020 and today I was sitting in the floor trying to see my face in the wall mounted mirror without having to stand up I had to tilt my head almost directly up to see my reflection Suddenly when I was doing this I had the most profound memory from deep within my childhood overcome me I suddenly remembered the busker story of the man who was trapped down the well and his neck got stuck looking up I hadn t thought of Paul Jennings or these stories at all for maybe 5 years but today after i recalled it i sat there in awe for about 20 minutes I can t even when I remembered when I read these stories but judging by how long it s been since I thought of it wow it s been a while These stories were awesome and I m giving the book 5 stars Turning everything back upon itself, Paul Jennings uses humour to deliver some of life s most whimsical if not important lessons In particular The Busker covers the strange equation of money and love as somehow measuring each other In a brief twenty one pages a lifetime of misunderstanding and misappropriation is turned through 180 degrees, then 360 degrees again to achieve an outcome as endearing as Oscar Wilde s Little Prince Other tales in the book include Inside Out and There s No Such Th Turning everything back upon itself, Paul Jennings uses humour to deliver some of life s most whimsical if not important lessons In particular The Busker covers the strange equation of money and love as somehow measuring each other In a brief twenty one pages a lifetime of misunderstanding and misappropriation is turned through 180 degrees, then 360 degrees again to achieve an outcome as endearing as Oscar Wilde s Little Prince Other tales in the book include Inside Out and There s No Such Thing, with similar structural elements, while One Shot Toothpaste makes full use of the storyteller s art as example That the storyteller in the story is not a professional storyteller showsabout Paul Jennings skill than his brief reminiscences at the end of the volume If he has ever told the truth in his life you couldn t rely upon his word for it.Thoroughly entertaining for a wide range of ages, Unbelievable surely lives up to its name For the most part, I loved all of these short story collections from Paul Jennings I particularly remember one about a tree growing inside a fellow Damn this dude came up with some crazy stuff.They were just such a fabulous collection of bizarre and creepy and I must have read them all a dozen times Classics of my childhood, these Kids today unimpressed with this kind of work are jaded children indeed. This wasn t one of the most interesting books due to it being for someone who is much significantly younger than a 16 year old I gave this 3 stars as one of the stories made me cry due to how loyal a dog can be to you and even die for you which broke me heart, despite it being a fictional dog. I first read Paul Jennings at the age of 8 or 9 and some of those stories have stuck with me into adulthood That one with the gnomes in particular, from Quirky Tales, I believe It was interesting to read a collection of his that I d missed first time round and to be reminded of what it was that I loved about him The way he presents these outlandish scenarios in such a way that you not only accept them, but totally buy into it, is skillfully done and impressive So simple on the surface, but I first read Paul Jennings at the age of 8 or 9 and some of those stories have stuck with me into adulthood That one with the gnomes in particular, from Quirky Tales, I believe It was interesting to read a collection of his that I d missed first time round and to be reminded of what it was that I loved about him The way he presents these outlandish scenarios in such a way that you not only accept them, but totally buy into it, is skillfully done and impressive So simple on the surface, but difficult to achieve I picked this up thinking I could read it with my kids, but they re still a little too young 4 6 so the twists went a over their heads a bit There were also a couple of stories that were maybe a little too mature that I m glad I didn t read with them, which make me wonder what kind of 8 yr old I was Regardless of the kids being unreceptive, I m delighted to have rediscovered Mr Jennings nearly 30 years on and will probably use this as an excuse to work my way through the rest of his oeuvre `DOWNLOAD EPUB ✐ Unbelievable! ⇲ A collection of short stories by the author of Uncanny , Unbearable , Unreal and Quirky Tales Why the punk ghost cab t pass his spook exam, where Souperman gets his strength from, and how an old lady grows up to be