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Pagemaster
     

Pagemaster

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by David Kirschner
 

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Books didn't really interest ten-year-old Richard Tyler. As far as he could tell they didn't cause mercury poisoning, earthquakes, or any of the host of other things that Richard was afraid of. This all changes, however, when Richard meets the Pagemaster, keeper of the books and guardian of the written word, and is plunged into a land where the world's greatest

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Books didn't really interest ten-year-old Richard Tyler. As far as he could tell they didn't cause mercury poisoning, earthquakes, or any of the host of other things that Richard was afraid of. This all changes, however, when Richard meets the Pagemaster, keeper of the books and guardian of the written word, and is plunged into a land where the world's greatest stories have become reality. Upon entering the realm of classic literature, Richard watches kindly Dr. Jekyll turn into the maniacal Mr. Hyde; comes face to face with Long John Silver, the meanest, most black-hearted pirate who ever sailed the seven seas; and is swallowed whole by a firebreathing dragon.

Timid and overcautious, all Richard wanted was to get out of a rainstorm and call his parents. Instead, he is given an adventure that will change his life forever. Joined by three unlikely companions-library books who have come to life-Richard is forced to confront his fears and find the courage he didn't know he possessed. What began as a young boy's quest for home and safety turns into a voyage of personal growth, friendship, and an appreciation for the power of books. Heeding the advice of the Pagemaste, When in doubt, look to the books," Richard learns lessons about literature, life, and humanity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The adventures of the obsessively fearful Richard in this oversize, garishly illustrated allegory begin when he reluctantly ventures out on his bike, even though ``most traffic accidents happen within three blocks of the home.'' In the library, he bumps his head (shades of The Wizard of Oz ) and finds that he must travel across a fantasy landscape teeming with characters from fiction--Moby Dick, Dr. Jekyll, Long John Silver, Thumbelina--to reach the exit. Three personified books--the piratical but cowardly Adventure, schoolmarmish Fantasy (an odd, sexist characterization) and ugly, eager-to-please Horror--accompany him on his pseudo-epic journey. At the end he must confront a dragon (and his fears) on his own. As he pedals home, the change in his personality is both considerable and hard to credit (in one illustration, his glasses have even vanished). Constant references to Richard's timidity and the bickering among his cartoon-like companions are as tiresome as the unimaginative prose: ``All this time, the dragon was torching everything around it.'' Nor does the florid, egregiously literal art add much. Ages 7-13. 150,000 first printing. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This is a marvelous fantasy/adventure/horror tale for the whole family. Richard, a shy, intelligent 10-year-old, realizes he is different from others his age-he worries too much. In an effort to prove that he can be normal, he sets out on his bike for the hardware store. A sudden storm forces him into a huge building with marble columns and ferocious looking lions guarding the entrance. Shaking with fear, he enters a cavernous room, and meets Mr. Dewey, the librarian. As the story unfolds, Richard embarks on a fantastic journey through the library, courtesy of the Pagemaster, and shares his experiences with Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror. Plenty of fantastic color illustrations accompany the text, while titles of the "classics" are deftly and often humorously woven into the tale, undoubtedly intended to spur further reading of the many adventures contained in books. A great read-aloud for ages 8 and up and readable by most ages 10 and up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570362064
Publisher:
Turner Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
96

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The Pagemaster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an elementary librarian I have read this book to many of my students. It fuels an interest in many different genres of books while letting students see that books can be exciting and take them places they've never been before. Unfortunately my copies of this book are failing - and I'm desperately searching for new copies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie since the first time i saw it and then this year i bought this book and now i love both. i had always wondered y i loved to read so much well i re-rented this movie that i had not seen since i was 5 and fond out that this movie is what stirred my thirst for knowledge in books. :)