Emperor of Absurdia

Emperor of Absurdia

by Chris Riddell
     
 

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Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are trees, and the sky is thick with snoring fish. Join one small boy as he tumbles out of bed into a crazy dreamland of wardrobe monsters, dragons—and amazing adventure.

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Welcome to Absurdia: a strange and wonderful land where nothing is quite what it seems. Trees are birds, umbrellas are trees, and the sky is thick with snoring fish. Join one small boy as he tumbles out of bed into a crazy dreamland of wardrobe monsters, dragons—and amazing adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
With nods to Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, winner of multiple Kate Greenaway Medals, Chris Riddell has created one of the most creatively and beautifully illustrated picture books to come along in a while. Every page is a feast for the eyes that rewards the close reader with a wealth of wonders. The tiny, towheaded "Emperor of Absurdia" awakes from his slumber and sets off on an adventure to find his snuggly scarf. Aided by the Wardrobe Monster and wearing a pair of "jingle-jangle socks" our hero ventures through woods populated with a variety of feathered and long-eared characters, baby dragons, a sky fish, and umbrella trees only to quietly land in his own colorful bedroom. Even the youngest listener will be thrilled by the clever blending of text and illustration. Ideal for read-aloud story times, this is a book children will ask for again and again at bedtimes. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1

In this humorous and foolish story, a boy has a dream that carries him throughout the land looking up pointy trees for his snuggly scarf and into a cave for a dragon. When he awakens, readers can observe in his bedroom the different elements that appeared in various forms within his weird dream. Riddell's imaginative illustrations outshine the odd story line. Children will pore over the scales of the dragon, the flower-pod bed, and the droll blue sky fish. The pointy bird with his "pointy-sounding squawk" appears to be, grotesquely, all head and no body. Seuss-like in appearance, the exaggerated length of Wardrobe Monster's blue arms hold the boy emperor safe when he is dropped from the sky. Comparing the landscape from the front to the rear endpapers is another visual delight. This is an additional selection for those youngsters who love searching illustrations for minute details.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Kirkus Reviews
This young emperor has clothing issues; the beginning sentences set the scene: "The Emperor of Absurdia was having the most extraordinary dream. All of a sudden he woke to the hoots of the sky fish nibbling the umbrella trees. He tumbled out of bed [a la a clothed Mickey]...into the arms of the Wardrobe Monster." He searches for his missing snuggly scarf-no luck. He's served breakfast in his high chair, then supper, then lunch-an egg that hatches a dragon! Hunting in his tricycle chair, he finds the baby dragon and mama dragon, who chases him through the pillow hills and under the umbrella trees back to the Wardrobe Monster, at which point he tumbles into bed. Seussian creatures, delicately lined details and playful page compositions with cinematic panels, all rendered in a blue/yellow palette, impel the action. Political cartoonist and Greenaway Medalist Riddell is comfortable in this curious fantasy world as imagination transforms the ordinary bedroom objects of this charming blue-eyed, tousled towhead into extraordinary dreams. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher

"[A] dreamy, sumptuous, highly charged fantasy . . . wonderful storytelling with intricate, pleasing illustrations rendered in a classical style." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061449291
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Chris Riddell is the author of The Da Vinci Cod and Other Illustrations for Unwritten Books, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, and the Edge Chronicles, which includes Beyond the Deep Woods. He is the UK Children's Laureate 2015-2017.

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