Edward in the Jungle

Edward in the Jungle

by David McPhail, David M. McPhail
     
 

Bookish young Edward spends all of his free time reading anything he can get hold of. One day whilst reading in his favourite spot he becomes so absorbed that he fails to notice a crocodile coming right at him. What happens next will inspire the imagination of every reader, young and old!  See more details below

Overview

Bookish young Edward spends all of his free time reading anything he can get hold of. One day whilst reading in his favourite spot he becomes so absorbed that he fails to notice a crocodile coming right at him. What happens next will inspire the imagination of every reader, young and old!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Armchair adventure once again turns all too real in Edward in the Jungle by David McPhail, featuring the star of Edward and the Pirates. While Edward reads about Tarzan and plays with a set of jungle animals in his backyard, the boy's hero suddenly swoops him up when an "enormous crocodile" threatens. A tropical palette creates a veil of mystery. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
David McPhail combines a delightful story with exquisite illustrations in this picture book. This story unfolds as a young boy named Edward goes deep into his adventure book about Tarzan. Suddenly, he looks up and sees a crocodile approaching him! Tarzan swoops down and picks Edward up with a vine and carries him to the jungle. There he teaches Edward to call the animals of the jungle if he ever needs help. Edward attempts to help out an antelope from getting eaten by a cheetah but instead falls on top of him. The antelope whisks Edward away toward the river. When they reach the river, he sees the crocodile being taken by hunters. He tries to stop them, but they just laugh. Edward uses the call of the jungle, and all of the animals come to the rescue. In appreciation, the crocodile carries Edward home across the river on his back. This excellent children's book features beautiful watercolor illustrations that complement the entertaining story. I especially enjoyed the fact that the story includes a child reading, which shows the wonderful effect of imagination that comes along with the reading. Children will be entertained by the action-packed story and entranced by the superb illustrations. 2002, Little, Brown and Company,
— Megan Stanley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Edward, a precocious Tarzan fan, takes his toy animals out to his backyard to read another book about his hero and suddenly enters the story. Narrowly escaping a crocodile, he is rescued by the King of the Jungle, who introduces him to all of the animals and teaches him the famous yell. Edward takes a crazy ride on an antelope and saves a trussed up crocodile from hunters by summoning the creatures with the mighty cry to scare them away. Later the grateful reptile carries him to the opposite shore where he gets home in time for dinner, echoing another famous dream-adventure known to most readers. McPhail's lushly colored acrylic paintings depict the jungle tinged in pinky dusk or dawn light and draw readers into the story with varying perspectives and dramatic action. For readers too young for Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji (Houghton, 1981), it's a good imaginary adventure. It would pair well with Robert D. San Souci's Tarzan (Disney, l999), illustrated by Michael McCurdy, and might lead readers to Edgar Rice Burroughs when they're a little older.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using underlighting and close shadows to give the art an air of fire-lit mystery, McPhail strands the bookish protagonist of, most recently, Edward and the Pirates (1997) in Tarzan territory, where he's rescued from a crocodile by the Lord of the Jungle himself. After other encounters with wild animals, Edward in turn rescues the croc from a pair of collectors, then the adventure draws to a close when Tarzan's yell turns into Edward's dad calling him home for dinner. Children with a taste for danger will be happy to follow Edward wherever his reading takes him, or to take the hint and get lost in their own favorite stories. (Picture book. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316563918
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David McPhail is the author and illustrator of more than fifty children's books, including two previous picture books featuring Edward ? Santa's Book of Names and Edward and the Pirates. David McPhail lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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