Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys

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Three tales of wonder
Three quests for greatness
Three feats of imagination
 
Norton Juster, author of the beloved classic The Phantom Tollbooth, shares spellbinding stories that entertain and delight.  The first is of Alberic and his endless search for wisdom—will his journey satisfy him in the end? The second reveals a boy with ...
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Overview

Three tales of wonder
Three quests for greatness
Three feats of imagination
 
Norton Juster, author of the beloved classic The Phantom Tollbooth, shares spellbinding stories that entertain and delight.  The first is of Alberic and his endless search for wisdom—will his journey satisfy him in the end? The second reveals a boy with no illusions and a princess with no kingdom. The third is the tale of the richest monarch in the world—and the poorest. What they discover is as amusing as it is unexpected.
With beautiful illustrations by Domenico Gnoli, Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys is a book as rich in meaning as it is fun to read.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Alberic, a young man, knows very little until he meets an old traveler. This old traveler tells of his journey and shows no end to what he knows. Alberic wonders about what he hears from this old traveler and decides to begin his own journey. He arrives at a city and becomes a glassmaker but he does not stay here as his work is not the most beautiful. Alberic continues on to other places and picks up a variety of skills but eventually decides to keep wandering. The other two stories, "She Cries No More" and "Two Kings" in this collection have a similar theme of taking a journey but not really finding anything satisfying at the end destination. "She Weeps No More" takes Claude into a museum painting where a girl is weeping about being lonely. The final story, "Two Kings," is probably the most positive of the three as the king of a dilapidated kingdom realizes it is better after seeing another kingdom. While much detail is given about these fanciful or perhaps purposeful journeys, the stories go on too long with too much detail. A middle school reader's interest is likely to fade and the ambiguous ending of the two stories do not help having to read all the details. The small, intricate drawings do not help the stories in conveying events or the characters. It is difficult to know who these stories might best suit; perhaps only fans of Juster's other works or adults who can surmise meaning from the tales. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375866999
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 875,823
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Norton Juster is the author of the beloved classic The Phantom Tollbooth, which has sold more than two million copies since it was first published nearly 50 years ago.  He is also an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, and The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    It was good

    I hope it is good


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