The Book of Beasts by E. Nesbit

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An enduring story of the magic to be found in books.

Young Lionel is very surprised to be made King, but he’s delighted to discover the world full of books in the Palace library. When Lionel opens one called THE BOOK OF BEASTS, he’s in for an even greater surprise—out of the pages fly a butterfly and a blue Bird of Paradise! But when he opens the book again and releases a terrible Red Dragon, the trouble really begins. Can Lionel find another beast in this magical book to help him save his people? First published in 1900, this classic story by E. Nesbit, known throughout the world for her tales of fantasy and adventure, has been carefully abridged and beautifully illustrated by Inga Moore. Now published for the first time as a stand-alone picture book, The Book of Beasts is sure to delight a new generation of children.
 

About E. Nesbit

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Inga Moore has illustrated numerous children’s books, including THE RIVER BANK: AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and THE AVENTURES OF MR. TOAD, whose illustrations Publishers Weekly called "exquisite.
 
Published October 15, 2001 by Candlewick. 64 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Yet her masterful, matter-of-fact juxtaposition of the ordinary, the fabulous and the wildly ridiculous is in disarming evidence throughout -- whether in details such as the "universal tap room" wherein two children, the "Deliverers of Their Country," turn on the rain taps and wash a horde of inv...

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While adult readers will keenly miss that richness, new young readers will probably enjoy the story of young Lionel, taken from his building blocks when the news comes that his many-greats-grandfather has died and he must be king.

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And, the book from which it sprung, The Book of Dragons, which includes eight dragon stories originally published in The Strand magazine (according to an afterword), is available once more with H.R.

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Rendered in ink, oil pastels and oil paint, Moore's stunning illustrations spill over with a humor that also pervades in the text (e.g., ""Master Lionel, dear, they've come to fetch you to go and be king,"" reads Nurse's thought bubble on the first page).

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