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An enduring story of the magic to be found in books.

Young Lionel is very surprised to be made King, but he’s delighted to discover the world full of books in the Palace library. When Lionel opens one called THE BOOK OF BEASTS, he’s in for an even greater surprise—out of the pages fly a butterfly and a blue Bird of Paradise! But when he opens the book again and releases a terrible Red Dragon, the trouble really begins. Can Lionel find another ...

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Overview

An enduring story of the magic to be found in books.

Young Lionel is very surprised to be made King, but he’s delighted to discover the world full of books in the Palace library. When Lionel opens one called THE BOOK OF BEASTS, he’s in for an even greater surprise—out of the pages fly a butterfly and a blue Bird of Paradise! But when he opens the book again and releases a terrible Red Dragon, the trouble really begins. Can Lionel find another beast in this magical book to help him save his people? First published in 1900, this classic story by E. Nesbit, known throughout the world for her tales of fantasy and adventure, has been carefully abridged and beautifully illustrated by Inga Moore. Now published for the first time as a stand-alone picture book, The Book of Beasts is sure to delight a new generation of children.

As young King Lionel turns the pages of his magical book, a hungry red dragon and other creatures in the illustrations come to life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Abridged and illustrated by Inga Moore, E. Nesbit's The Book of Beasts, originally published in 1900, makes a handsome picture-book edition. A boy king, fascinated by the Palace library, unwittingly unlocks a magical world lying dormant between the covers of a book. But in the process, he also releases a fire-breathing Red Dragon. Rendered in ink, oil pastels and oil paint, Moore's stunning illustrations spill over with a humor that also pervades in the text (e.g., "Master Lionel, dear, they've come to fetch you to go and be king," reads Nurse's thought bubble on the first page). ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Abridged and illustrated by Inga Moore, E. Nesbit's The Book of Beasts, originally published in 1900, makes a handsome picture-book edition. A boy king, fascinated by the Palace library, unwittingly unlocks a magical world lying dormant between the covers of a book. But in the process, he also releases a fire-breathing Red Dragon. Rendered in ink, oil pastels and oil paint, Moore's stunning illustrations spill over with a humor that also pervades in the text (e.g., "Master Lionel, dear, they've come to fetch you to go and be king," reads Nurse's thought bubble on the first page). ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Originally published as part of Nesbit's A Book of Dragons in 1900, this carefully abridged version of the story retains the cadence and flavor of the original while omitting much of the extraneous detail (including mention of the boy's punishments for misbehavior). In this quaint tale, young Lionel suddenly learns that he is King, and in touring his Palace, he comes across The Book of Beasts in the library, magically releasing the realistic and fantastic creatures in the illustrations as he turns the pages. When he allows a large Red Dragon to escape and it begins to eat groups of people (and all the pussycats in the town), the boy King must find a creature that can help him to force it back into the book. Moore has created large full- and double-page illustrations for most of the story, along with a few vignettes-all of them showing caricature-style courtiers and animals rendered in ink, oil pastel, and oil paints. The wonderful Red Dragon and the Hippogriff-a lovely winged white horse-are especially charming. Some illustrations include conversation balloons. In comparison with Nesbit's own full text illustrated by Annabel Spenceley (Dial, 1988; o.p.), Moore's simplified edition is more easily read aloud, and her large, colorful illustrations hold more child appeal.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763615796
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2001
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.68 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Inga Moore has illustrated numerous children’s books, including THE RIVER BANK: AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and THE AVENTURES OF MR. TOAD, whose
illustrations Publishers Weekly called "exquisite."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001

    100 YEARS LATER AND IT STILL ENCHANTS

    This reissue of the classic tale by E. Nesbit originally published in 1900 is more than welcome, it's a joy. Abridged and illustrated by Inga Moore it will fascinate and entertain another generation of youngsters. The Book Of Beasts revolves around Lionel, a young boy who learns that he is to be king. He is informed of this startling news by two elderly robed gentlemen wearing gold coronets 'with velvet sticking up out of the middle like cream in jam tarts.' After being crowned he is delighted to find a wondrous library in the palace. Lionel is drawn to a large brown book that lay on a table; it was titled 'The Book Of Beasts.' When he opened it he saw a painting of a beautiful butterfly. Most amazing of all, the butterfly flew right off the page! Even though the chancellor warned him not to look at the book, Lionel crept back to the library during the night and looked at the book once more, and he looked again the next day when, horrors, he came upon a page marked 'Dragon,' and the most fearsome beast was released. Now, it has fallen to King Lionel to find another beast in the magic book, another beast strong and brave enough to defeat the dragon so that the people will be saved. One hundred years later The Book Of Beasts still enchants.

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