Thursday, February 9, 2012

The King of Quizzical Island














The King of Quizzical Island is an incredibly inquisitive chap. Wondering what lies at the end of the world, the King sets sail in his ship and discovers faraway lands of mystery and magic. In Gordon Snell's book, rhyming couplets map out the King's intrepid voyage, encountering Vertical Land and Puzzle Land before ending up at a surprise destination at the end of the book.

At first I thought the way the book ended was a bit of a cheat and a cop-out, but as promised there is a sequel - so don't be downhearted if your little ones clamour to know what happens next.

David McKee's illustrations are as whacky as ever (though largely monochrome in the book, they're still stamped with his trademark style). We now look forward to finding out what happens next!

Charlotte's best bit - Puzzle island

Daddy's favourite bit - The quizzical king's expert eye in draughtsmanship.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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