Pomelo's Big Adventure


Large, lovely pages of cactuses, canyons, and the open road: this isn't just a panorama but a true Pomelorama-adventure!
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Large, lovely pages of cactuses, canyons, and the open road: this isn't just a panorama but a true Pomelorama-adventure!
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Daniel Handler
As with Sendak or [Haruki] Murakami, one has the sense that literally anything can happen, without the work feeling reckless or ungrounded…Pomelo's Big Adventure feels like a story one improvises for a child, adding more details and twists as the mood strikes.
Publishers Weekly
Pomelo the elephant’s fourth outing is perhaps the most traditional of any of his books, but, rest assured, it’s every bit as eccentric as its predecessors. Ready to see new places, Pomelo packs a knapsack and sets forth, eventually trading in for a windup car and meeting a large elephant he dubs Papamelo and a strange starfish-like creature. Badescu conveys the nervousness and anxiety that can come with traveling solo, and tiny, pink Pomelo remains a quirky, comic hero. Some of the more cerebral and adult observations, though (“We take many risks in life, of course, but Pomelo seems to have plunged into a world ruled by chance”), may zoom past young readers. Ages 4–8. (June)
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“Amid the cheery storytelling and dear illustrations, the very straightforward scariness surrounding solitude and self-reliance surfaces, along with some coping strategies. . . This jaunty little elephant provides a mammoth lesson for young readers about bravery, grit and fortitude.” -- STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“Throughout Pomelo’s Big Adventure, a gentle spirit of exploration leads the protagonist and the reader onward. Oversize pages filled with Mr. Chaud’s witty, bright drawings that pop amid white pages reflect the elephant’s sense of curiosity and openness to possibilities.” -- New York Journal of Books

“Someone goes on a journey” is one of the guiding precepts of narrative; “Are we there yet?” is one of the guiding precepts of childhood. . . like all terrific books, they’re reasons enough to travel.” - - Daniel Handler, The New York Times Book Review

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Badescu's pink pachyderm sets off on an adventure after his dandelion becomes bare. He packs his bag with both useful and silly things and tosses a rock with an attached ribbon to decide his direction. He treks through the desert, gets swindled by a con artist, and shares a sausage with his father in the forest. Pomelo then builds a boat and sails until he reaches land. There he makes friends with a starfish. The story has a type of absurdist surrealism that requires reading between the lines, and it might be completely lost on children. Originally written in French, it seems there is something lost in translation. Children will be quick to zero in on the fact that elephants don't have "paws" and that the illustrated sky is white while the text says it's "blue through and through." However, the artwork is enchanting and eccentric, mimicking the story line. For libraries in which Pomelo is popular, a purchase is recommended. For children not familiar with the little elephant's idiosyncratic tales, it may be best to pass.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-04-09
Pomelo, a small, posy-pink elephant, musters courage and embarks on a grand adventure—one with all the harrowing challenges and unexpected rewards of any good trip.Readers already friendly with Pomelo (Pomelo's Opposites, 2013, etc.) know he's maturing and learning all the time, but a solo journey outside his garden home? Could he be ready? After packing an odd assortment of necessities, including his "knife-fork," a head of garlic, an old photograph, pumpkin seeds, some ribbon, a world map, and a few strawberries and acorns, he throws a stone to determine his course and takes off (after a quick wee). Pomelo's quirks endear from the get-go, and he must rely on all his wide-eyed good humor and earnestness for the rocky road ahead. Lively matte artwork depicts delightful mushrooms, flower buds and cactus—as well as oppressive storms, frightening waves and dark nights. "Inside Pomelo feels jiggly, like a heap of pudding on a plate. He wants that feeling to go away. What can he do to stop it?" Amid the cheery storytelling and dear illustrations, the very straightforward scariness surrounding solitude and self-reliance surfaces, along with some coping strategies. Pomelo uses a star to guide him through tough times and finally into the pointy arms of a starfish soul mate.This jaunty little elephant provides a mammoth lesson for young readers about bravery, grit and fortitude. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701582
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Pomelo Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 625,356
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramona Badescu: Ramona Badescu was born in 1980 in southern Romania.She arrived in France at the age of 11 and started to write for children ten years later. She lives in the wonderfully diverse French city of Marseille.

Benjamin Chaud: Benjamin Chaud lives and works in Paris. He has illustrated an impressive number of picture books and has written at least one as well.

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