Komodo!

Komodo!

by Peter Sís, Peter Sis
     
 

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"Mad about dragons, the boy who narrates this picture book is pleased when his doting parents decide to take him to Indonesia, home of the Komodo dragon....[The boy] takes the road less traveled through the jungle, where he encounters the dragon of his dreams....Full of intriguing detail....picture book, original in concept and beautiful in design."—Booklist.

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"Mad about dragons, the boy who narrates this picture book is pleased when his doting parents decide to take him to Indonesia, home of the Komodo dragon....[The boy] takes the road less traveled through the jungle, where he encounters the dragon of his dreams....Full of intriguing detail....picture book, original in concept and beautiful in design."—Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young aficionado of dragons gets the chance of a lifetime when his parents take him to the Indonesian island of Komodo, home to the Komodo dragon--the world's largest lizard, and the sole extant carnivorous dinosaur. The place proves a tourist trap, complete with a staged Dragon Show, but the unnamed narrator ventures into the jungle and has a fleeting but profoundly satisfying encounter with one of the creatures. Although Sis's story is, in the main, rather slight, dragon enthusiasts will be charmed by its mixture of fact (lots of information about the Komodo dragon is included) and fancy (the boy's improbable meeting). The book's true richness, though, lies in its illustrations--watercolors given texture by fine pen-and-ink hatching--which are almost as lush as the Indonesian landscape itself. They contain an abundance of detail and even sly jokes (``It is always easy to find me in school pictures because of my dragon T-shirt,'' the narrator proclaims, as he stands well camouflaged in a crowd scene worthy of Waldo). Moments of deliberate visual ambiguity add to the fun: is that jungle foliage we see, or a dragon's emerging form? Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Monster-sized lizards reside on the island of Komodo, in Indonesia. This is the story of a young traveler who wants a close range sighting of the sole survivor of the dinosaur. Imaginative, precise, oversized pictures say more than the limited text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- A young boy's lifelong fascination with dragons takes him on a mystical journey to Indonesia. From cover to endpapers, there are dragons everywhere. On the title page, mysterious eyes peek out of the foliage-filled letters that spell Komodo! The boy's bedroom is bursting with dragon paraphernalia: live lizards lurk in leafy tanks, dragon toys hide in nooks and crannies, colorful dinosaur posters grace the walls--there's even a graphic of a dragon on the computer screen. In a living room decorated with dragon-bedecked wallpaper and rugs, the child's parents announce their plans for a trip to see a ``real dragon.'' After sailing to the island of Komodo, the family is disappointed to find a large throng of tourists. When the boy wanders off alone into the lush jungle, where cleverly drawn dragon shapes and features hide in vines and leaves, he finally comes face to face with a majestic Komodo dragon. By combining simple, straightforward sentences with carefully detailed, imaginatively designed drawings, Sis extends and enhances the text through a visual feast of images. His pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings have the texture of aged parchment and the charm of an antique map, adding to the adventurous mood of a safari. With its subtle environmental message and interesting facts about the largest monitor lizard, this picture-book fantasy successfully combines information with imagination. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Carolyn Phelan
Mad about dragons, the boy who narrates this picture book is pleased when his doting parents decide to take him to Indonesia, home of the Komodo dragon (aka monitor lizard). When the family disembarks on the Island of Komodo, the parents join a throng of tourists waiting for the Dragon Show, but the shy lizard never ventures out of its leafy shelter. Their adventuresome son, however, takes the road less traveled through the jungle, where he encounters the dragon of his dreams. Observant kids will find the watercolor-washed ink drawings full of intriguing details, from the dozens of dragon-related toys, pictures, and furnishings in the boy's bedroom to the not-quite-hidden animal forms that make the jungle scenes come alive. Recalling early maps of the world and the heavens, the endpapers suggest the adventure of exploration and the mystery of imagination. A satisfying picture book, original in concept and beautiful in design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688115838
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
1 MULBERRY
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
766,559
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.02(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

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