Charlie Queen of the Desert

Charlie Queen of the Desert

by Lenny Henry, Chris Burke

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British comedian Henry echoes two film titles in these fast-paced stories of Charlie, a girl whose imagination frees her from boredom. Charlie becomes "queen of the desert" after she digs a deep hole on a dismal English beach, spins like a human drill and surfaces in sunny Australia. There she makes friends with a kangaroo, evades a dragonlike "thorny devil" and gets home via the music of a magical didgeridoo. Her "big chill" involves a supermarket's freezer section. While getting eggs for her mother, she dances with an "Ice-cream Posse" of animals and flees an evil "snow giant" (who later carries her mom's shopping bags to the car). A wildly active child, Charlie's signature exclamations include "Blinky, blonky, blimey!" and "Woweroonie!" Burke, too, portrays Charlie as a wide-eyed dynamo, giving her enormous, gravity-defying black pigtails (which resemble a charcoal tornado) and posing her as an agile hiphop star or superhero. The illustrations, drawn in flourishes of ink and spattered with bright color as though by a spray can, resemble unpolished graffiti; the collaborators aim for urban hipness, and the books have a raw but energetic edge. Ages 4-6. (Jan.)

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Victor Gollancz Limited
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6 - 8 Years

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