No Room for Napoleon by Adria Meserve

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Napoleon is a small dog with big ideas. When he spots an
island through his telescope, Napoleon decides it will make the
perfect home. He is welcomed by Crab, Bunny, and Bear, who
are excited to have a new neighbor. They even insist on
helping Napoleon build his dream house – a home that’s tall
and wide, with great ocean views. But Napoleon’s demands
push the limits of friendship as well as of the resources of the
island. Is there anything Napoleon can do to make it up to
Playful illustrations and text about a bossy dog and his patient
pals, along with a subtle environmental message, are sure to
delight young readers and their parents.


About Adria Meserve

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Adria Meserve was born in the United States, but since the age of twelve she has lived in England. She studied art history in college, which led her to a career in teaching. She now splits her time between teaching and drawing. This is her first book for children.
Published January 23, 2006 by Bodley Head. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this pointed allegory, an aptly named dog “with very big ideas” persuades the animal residents of an idyllic island to convert all of the local resources into a mountain for him to perch atop, then repents when the laborers decamp to the next island paradise over.

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Considering all the lore about his egotistical namesake, it's fitting that Napoleon, of the dachshund variety, is "a small brown dog with very big ideas" in this perky picture book about respect and friendship.

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