The Last Alchemist by Colin Thompson

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Long ago in a kingdom far away, Spinifix, the king's alchemist, labored in the dank cellar of the castle to find the secret of turning base metals into gold. The king had promised to share the wealth with Spinifix if he could produce gold before the Millenium. As the Millenium approached, Spinifix became obsessed with his quest for gold. Meanwhile, his young apprentice tried to open Spinifix's eyes to the richness of their kingdom--fields of golden flowers, goldfish in the rivers, the burnished orange sun--to no avail. The young apprentice knows that true gold--and the happiness it brings--lies within one's heart. With illustrations lush with the intricate detail that has become his trademark, Colin Thompson's fans will delight in searching out the critters and graphic surprises hidden no the pages of this medieval fantasy tale.

About Colin Thompson

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Colin Thompson is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than forty books, including the novel "How to Live Forever" and "The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley", winner of the CBC of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award. Born in London, Mr. Thompson currently resides in Bellingen, Australia.
Published April 1, 1999 by Hutchinson. 32 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Savvy older readers will note the sly asides on the spine of a book (""The Spy Who Came in from the Gold"") and a wine bottle's label (""Vin Gogh""), and on many a spread--what has become a running sight gag in Thompson's oeuvre--the ubiquitous ""Caf Max,"" with its red-checked curtains, tucked ...

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