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The Secret in the Matchbox
Bobby takes his matchbox containing an awesome secret to school, where the class slowly and horrifyingly becomes involved with the contents.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Sunburst
(first published April 1st 1988)
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The Secret in the Matchbox by Vall Willis is a unique story about a student in the school who had a dragon in side of his matchbox that gradually grows to large proportions inside the classroom. The illustrations are captivating while grasping the audience with is peculiar plot and flow of the story. I feel this is one of the most unique children's books. Its illustrations are captivating a full of life and color. The various perspectives that the artist decides to use gives a dramatic feel to t ...more
This is possibly the greatest, greatest children's picture-book of all time. I was pretty much completely obsessed with this book as a child..."He curled his fingers around his matchbox and smiled a secret smile"...If anyone can find this book for a reasonable price online will she/he let me know? The two, used copies on Amazon.ca are 100 bucks a pop wtf.
Nice use of repetition. "He smiled a secret smile." Evocative illustrations by John Shelley. Cautionary tale for the good and polite; unflattering portrayal of schoolteacher and school. A nod to the trickster...
Aug 18, 2011 Sheherazahde rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
When Bobby Bell brings a dragon to school in inside a matchbox he knows there is going to be trouble. [return][return]This is a beautiful children's book with delightful detailed illustrations.